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DPD officer seriously injured in hit-and-run crash

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Nov 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 11:52:50-05

DENVER — An officer with the Denver Police Department was seriously injured following a hit-and-crash early Saturday morning.

It happened on the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near the W. Colfax Avenue exit.

Police said on Twitter that the officer was outside of their vehicle investigating an earlier crash when the officer was struck.

The officer was taken to a hospital with serious injuries and was listed as stable a short time later, the department said on Twitter, but the officer's condition was not clear

The other driver took off after the crash but was later taken into custody, police said. The suspect, who was later identified as Evan Mark Atencio, 32, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

No other details were released.