Denver police locate “vehicle of interest” in crash that injured 3 officers during protest

Denver police have located a “vehicle of interest” in their investigation of the hit-and-run crash that left injured three police officers and a person they were taking into custody, Chief Paul Pazen announced at Sunday afternoon news conference.

“Last night a person drove a car directly into three police officers and an innocent bystander,” Pazen said. “…A vehicle of interest has been located and we are actively investigating this crime.”

One of the three officers remains hospitalized with what a police spokesman earlier characterized as “major fractures.”

“He is expected to make a full recovery,” Pazen said, noting the other two officers have been released from the hospital.

Pazen did not address the condition of the person who was injured while being taken into custody. Police have not provided any information on that person’s injuries.

The four were injured late Saturday night when a Chevrolet Cobalt or Cruze ran into a police cruiser, according to a Denver Police Department tweet. The crash occurred around 11 p.m. near the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Colfax Avenue and Logan Street, according to a Denver Post journalist at the scene.

While Denver police say they’ve found what may be the car involved in the crash that injured officers, they have not made any public announcements about their search for the driver who struck a protester near the Capitol on Friday.

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