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Denver sheriff deputy arrested after hit-and-run crash

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jan 24, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-26 19:37:15-05

DENVER — A deputy with the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) was arrested following a no-injury, hit-and-run crash earlier this month, the department announced Wednesday.

Jeremiah Espinoza-Young was arrested on charges of attempting to influence a public servant, false reporting to authorities, leaving the scene after striking unattended property and careless driving.

Aurora police said Espinoza-Young was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash in the 1900 block of Tower Road around 3 a.m. on New Year's Day, causing $15,000 in damages to a fence and concrete barrier.

Affidavit: Denver deputy fell asleep at the wheel before crashing car, fleeing

The deputy allegedly filed a stolen vehicle report with the Denver Police Department the same day as the crash. After the investigation, authorities learned he had lied about his car being stolen and he was the driver at the time. He was later arrested by the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

DSD placed Espinoza-Young on investigatory leave on Jan. 3, 2024.

Espinoza-Young became a deputy sheriff in 2016 and is assigned to the Denver County Jail, according to DSD.

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