Driver charged in crash that injured DPD officer

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DENVER – Prosecutors have filed a felony charge of vehicular assault against a man accused of causing a crash that seriously injured a Denver police officer early Monday morning.

Nicholas Herrera, 22, is accused of driving drunk on West Colfax Ave. and crashing into the rear of a patrol car that was involved in a traffic stop.

Officer Angela Simon, a seven-year veteran of the Denver Police Department, was pinned between the patrol car and the vehicle she had pulled over.

Simon was transported to Denver Health Medical Center with severe injuries to her “lower extremities,” police said. She is expected to return to work eventually.

Herrera has been released from custody on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on March 13.

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