Young Basalt driver suspected of driving under the influence after colliding with police car |

Young Basalt driver suspected of driving under the influence after colliding with police car

A Basalt Police Department patrol SUV sustained more than $9,000 in damage after a motorist allegedly jumped a red light and ran into it early Saturday morning.
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A young driver allegedly picked the wrong time to make a jackrabbit start at a Basalt intersection early Saturday morning.

Liam Locke, 18, of Basalt allegedly hit the gas while his light remained red at the traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue, according to a report by the Colorado State Patrol.

Locke plowed into the passenger side of a Basalt Police Department patrol car that was turning left from eastbound Highway 82 onto Basalt Avenue.

The cop car had a green arrow for what was supposed to be a protected turn, the traffic report said. Locke was driving a Honda Pilot in the right lane of westbound Highway 82 and inexplicably proceeded on red.

Both drivers were lone occupants of their vehicles. Neither was injured in the slow-speed crash.

Locke was charged with driving under the influence, but it was unclear from the report if he was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to Trooper Nate Reed, a public information officer for the agency. The report by the investigating trooper didn’t indicate if Locke received other citations.

The 2015 Ford Expedition patrol car received in excess of $9,000 in damage, according to estimates made Monday.

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