Police: Drunk driver hit CU police car that had its overhead lights on

BOULDER, Colo. - Police have arrested a suspected drunk driver who allegedly crashed into a University of Colorado Police patrol car.

Officers said they activated the red and blue overhead lights on their car on Regent Drive Saturday at 1:30 a.m. while interviewing a pedestrian.

Suddenly, a Honda Accord crashed into the back of the patrol car.

Boulder Police arrested the driver, Douglas Eugene Hammond, 33, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se and careless driving. A breath test showed Hammond had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit, according to CU Police.

No one was hurt in the crash but officers said there was extensive damage to the front end of the Accord and the back end of the police car.

CU Police said they are also investigating a DUI crash on Regent Drive that happened 24 hours earlier. A drunk driver took out two parking meters near the Coors Event Center before fleeing the scene.

Police said they found a suspect within 15 minutes. Officers arrested CU student Samuel Holz, 22, on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, careless driving, failing to report an accident and failing to report an accident involving property damage. Holz had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13, according to a breath test.

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