Police: CO Springs man with suspended license, drugs in vehicle t-boned officer

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Claudio Quintana (Photo: CSPD)

Claudio Quintana (Photo: CSPD)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man driving with suspended license and enough drugs in his vehicle to suggest he was dealing drugs made an illegal left turn and plowed into a police officer in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, police said.

Colorado Springs Police said Claudio Quintana, 29, had a green light and was attempting to make a left turn through an intersection in a northeast Colorado Springs neighborhood when he accidentally ran into the marked police vehicle of officer Clarence Moore, who also had a green light and was driving straight through the intersection.

After the collision, which resulted in minor damage to vehicles but no injures, police said Moore discovered Quintana was operating his vehicle with a revoked license due to a previous DUI conviction. His vehicle was then impounded, which police called standard procedure.

At that point in time, an inventory search was performed on the vehicle, which resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine that was “packaged for distribution,” marijuana and numerous other items that “indicated the driver was dealing drugs,” according to police.

Following those discoveries, police arrested Quintana and charges him with drug and drug traffic crimes.

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