A 22-year-old Colorado Springs man died Friday after peeling out from a stoplight ahead of an El Paso County sheriff’s detective and crashing into a median.
Adam George Lee, who was westbound on Colorado Avenue, was thrown from the sport utility vehicle he was driving and was dead when the officer reached him. The crash happened about 2 a.m., just west of Sahwatch Street in downtown Colorado Springs. Moments before the fatal crash, detective Jon Mueller was stopped at the light behind Lee at Cascade Avenue. “As soon as the light turned green, he accelerated pretty hard,” Mueller said. “He started to weave to the right. He actually drove up on the sidewalk.” Lee overcorrected, crossed the westbound lanes and hit the median. The sport utility vehicle traveled across the eastbound lanes, crashing into a bridge guardrail. It happened so quickly — within a block and a half — Mueller said he didn’t have a chance to turn on his lights and sirens to pull Lee over. Results of a toxicology test were unavailable Friday. Mueller was one of 35 officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs police, the Colorado State Patrol and Fountain police participating in roving saturation patrols targeting drunken drivers during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The group broke up into four teams, fanning out across Colorado Springs from about 9 p.m. Thursday through 4 a.m. Friday. Teams looked for erratic driving, red-light runners, speeders and other violators. Out of 372 drivers stopped, 45 were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The last time multi-agency roving patrols were done citywide was in February 2004 for Super Bowl Sunday. The agencies involved in the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement will continue increased DUI patrols throughout the weekend. Manitou Springs, Monument and Woodland Park police departments also will have extra patrols. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0366 or firstname.lastname@example.org