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Scooter rider accused of striking Denver officer, crashing into vehicle cited for DUI

Posted at 4:17 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 18:17:08-04

DENVER — An e-scooter rider was cited with driving under the influence after a weekend crash in downtown Denver, police said.

In addition to DUI, Jacob Campbell, 24, was ticketed for careless driving resulting in injury and riding on the sidewalk, according to a probable cause statement obtained by Denver7 Monday.

Police say a drunken Campbell was operating a motorized scooter on a sidewalk near Coors Field Saturday evening when he struck an officer who was directing game-day traffic.

During the collision, Campbell was flung several feet into the street and struck a parked vehicle, the report states.

Campbell was transported to a hospital with minor scrapes, police said. The officer sustained minor injuries including a sprained thumb, the statement read.

Denver Police spokesman Kurt Barnes said scooter crashes are becoming more common in Denver.

"Scooters are becoming more and more prevalent, so we are seeing more DUIs (involving scooter riders)," Barnes said.

Police said Campbell refused a blood or breath test.