University of Colorado police arrested two suspected drunken drivers in separate incidents over the weekend after officers said one crashed his car into a parked CU police cruiser while another knocked over two parking meters before fleeing the scene, according to officials.
In one case, an officer had parked his squad car -- with the emergency lights on -- on Regent Drive near the Regent Administrative Center to interview a pedestrian in an unrelated case at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. At that time, officers said a Honda Accord traveling more than 30 mph down Regent slammed into the back of the cruiser, which was unoccupied at the time.
The driver of the car, identified as Douglas Eugene Hammond, 33, was not injured but there was significant damage to both his car and the police cruiser.
A breath test done at the Boulder Police Department indicated Hammond had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and DUI per se and booked into the Boulder County Jail. He is currently out on bond.
Officials said the first DUI arrest took place on Friday at 1:50 a.m. on Regent Drive near the Coors Event Center. Officers said the driver, identified as Samuel Holz, 22, took out two parking meters with his car before fleeing the scene. Officers found him about 15 minutes later walking on foot. Holz was given a breath test and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13.
Holz was arrested on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, careless driving, failing to report an accident and failing to report an accident involving property damage. He is free on bond.
CU police officials said traffic enforcement on Regent Drive will continue to be a priority. In a city study, the intersections on Regent Drive at Colorado Avenue and Broadway were two of the city's most common areas for traffic accidents.
"We'll continue to make DUI and speed enforcement along Regent Drive a high priority," CU police Cmdr. Robert Axmacher said in a statement. "Especially as we enter the start of another school year, we want to ensure that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can use Regent Drive safely."