Colorado Cops Charged for Leaving Handcuffed Woman in Patrol Car before it was Struck by Train

by Patriots Staff

Platteville Police Sergeant Pablo Vazquez, left, and Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke, right, were charged for their role in the train collision that left Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, upper center, critically injured.

Two Colorado cops were charged this week for their role in the incident that left a woman critically injured after she was placed in the back of a patrol car with handcuffs which was then struck by a freight train.

Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, 20, suffered multiple broken bones but survived.

Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke – who placed her in the back of the patrol car – was charged with two felonies, including criminal attempt to commit manslaughter and second degree assault, according to a press release from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

And Platteville Police Sergeant Pablo Vazquez – who parked the car on the tracks – was charged with several misdemeanors, including five counts of reckless endangerment and one count of obstructing highway or other passageway as well as a pair of traffic citations, including careless driving and parking where prohibited.

Vazquez was hired despite being labeled by colleagues at a previous job as an “incompetent” cop with a “dangerous lack of radio awareness,” according to CBS Colorado.

Rios-Gonzalez was charged with one felony count of menacing for allegedly pulling a gun on another driver in a road rage incident.

The incident took place on September 16 after police received a 911 call from a man claiming a woman in a pickup truck had pulled a gun on him.

Vazquez spotted Rios-Gonzalez in the truck and pulled her over. He said she did not immediately pull over but eventually did after crossing a set of railroad tracks.

Vazquez pulled up behind her, leaving his patrol car parked on the tracks. He then stepped out and ordered her out at gunpoint.

Steinke then pulled up behind his patrol car and stepped out with her gun drawn. She then handcuffed Rios-Gonzalez while Vazquez began searching her truck for the alleged gun.

Meanwhile, the freight train came barreling down the tracks, blowing its horn but body camera footage shows the cops did not immediately react at first.

It was only until moments before the train struck the car that the cops seemed to remember the handcuffed woman in the back seat.

The three suspects each received a summons with a court date and were not arrested, according to the district attorney’s office.

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