Crash involving police cruiser near Bijou exit, on I-25
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Traffic backed up on Interstate 25 after a man stole and crashed a police cruiser late Saturday. Photo courtesy of Gazette news partner, KKTV.

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Interstate 25 was shut down late into Saturday night after a man overpowered a Colorado Springs police officer, stole his cruiser, then crashed as he drove south toward downtown, police said.

Police received a report of a “suspicious person” in the area of Uintah Street and Wood Avenue about 7:15 p.m. An officer investigating the report found a man on the southbound on-ramp of I-25 at Uintah Street, police said.

At first, “sounded like things were OK,” police spokesman Lt. Howard Black told The Gazette’s news partner, KKTV. “He requested medical to swing by and to really just check out this individual. The next thing we hear, the officer was requesting assistance.

After a struggle with the officer, the man drove off in the police cruiser heading south on I-25.

He lost control of the cruiser, which rolled across the southbound lanes of the highway north of Bijou Street.

The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested at the crash site. The suspect and the officer had nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 444-7000. To remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 634-7867 or 1-800-222-8477.

Ellie is a crime and breaking news reporter. She's a proud Midwesterner, stationery hoarder and Earl Grey tea enthusiast. After interning at The Gazette in 2015, she joined the newspaper's staff in 2016.

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