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Denver officer's vehicle sideswiped on I-25, suspect arrested

The officer was blocking traffic for an unrelated crash when his vehicle was hit, and he was taken to a hospital as a precaution, police said.

DENVER — A Denver Police Department (DPD) officer suffered minor injuries when a car hit his vehicle as he was blocking traffic for a crash early Sunday on Interstate 25, according to police.

The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. on I-25 southbound near the exit to 6th Avenue, according to DPD. The officer was in his vehicle blocking traffic for the unrelated crash when the suspect vehicle sideswiped his vehicle, a DPD spokesperson said.

The suspect vehicle continued south I-25 for a short distance before the driver pulled over, got out of the vehicle and ran, the spokesperson said.

The suspect was located in the area of South Kalamath Street and West Bayaud Avenue. Officers smelled alcohol on his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred, according to a probable cause (PC) statement in the case.

The suspect, identified as Raul Barragan, 22, was taken into custody and was held on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to DPD.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, police said.

I-25 southbound was closed at 6th Avenue for a couple of hours for the investigation and reopened about 5:20 a.m., according to police.

Credit: Denver Police Department
Raul Barragan

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