Driver suspected of DUI accused of hitting Aurora police vehicle

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AURORA, Colo. — A driver is being investigated for DUI after hitting a patrol vehicle early Sunday morning, the Aurora Police Department said.

The crash happened near Interstate 225 and Alameda Avenue as officers were investigating another accident.

The officers were standing close to the vehicle, but no one was injured, police said.

“It’s frustrating. There are so many different ways to get home if you want to go out and drink. There’s always been taxi and ride share companies as well,” police spokesman Anthony Camacho said.

The crash happened during Saturation Saturday, when law enforcement agencies statewide were cracking down on drunk drivers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado is participating in the state’s program for the first time.

“We know the research shows that when people are aware that law enforcement is out there, they’ll make smarter decisions. They’ll plan ahead before they are going out,” said Fran Lanzer, executive director of MADD Colorado.

The name, age and gender of the driver accused of causing the crash were not released.

In 2018, 209 people were killed in Colorado by drunk drivers. More saturation patrols and checkpoints will take place next weekend.

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