Denver officer seriously hurt in hit-and-run; driver faces DUI

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DENVER (KDVR) – UPDATE: Denver police have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Evan Mark Atencio.

Police have not yet released Atencio’s photo.

EARLIER STORY: A Denver officer was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a driver who left the scene but was found and arrested on suspicion of DUI.

According to the Denver Police Department, the officer was investigating an early crash when another driver struck him outside of his patrol vehicle.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. along southbound Interstate 25 at West Colfax Avenue.

While the officer is battling serious injuries, he is now in stable condition.

Police said this should serve as a reminder there’s a law in place in Colorado to avoid hitting emergency workers called the move over law.

“First off, slow down, that’s probably the most important thing,” DPD’s Kurt Barnes said. “Secondly, if there is a lane available, please move over give those people as much room as necessary or as possible.”

The latest update to the law defines what slowing down means in this situation. If the speed limit is less than 45 miles per hour, you should slow down to 25. If the speed limit is 45 miles per hour or more, go at least 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit

In Colorado, the fine for violating the Move Over Law is $170.

Correction note: An earlier version of this story reported the crash happened along northbound I-25. The crash happened along southbound I-25.

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