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Denver Police Officer Jacob Marsh Arrested On Investigation Of Vehicular Assault Charges After Head-On Crash

DENVER (CBS4)- Denver Police Officer Jacob Marsh was taken into custody on investigation of vehicular assault charges for a head-on collision that happened earlier this month. The incident under investigation happened on April 13 while Marsh, 40, was driving an unmarked Denver Police Department vehicle.

Jacob Marsh (DPD Vehicular Assault, from DPD) copy
Jacob Marsh (credit: Denver Police)

According to Denver police, it started just after 3 a.m. while Marsh was traveling northbound in the No. 1 southbound lane (the wrong direction) in the 4800 block of N. Quebec Street. Another vehicle was traveling ahead of Marsh, also going the wrong direction in the No. 2 southbound lane in the same area.

That vehicle was able to avoid a collision with another vehicle that was traveling in the right direction in the southbound lanes. However, the police vehicle driven by Marsh was unable to avoid a collision and crashed head-on with the other vehicle.

According to the Airbag Restraint Control Module that was recovered from the police vehicle, Marsh was traveling 75 mph in a posted 45 mph zone just 5 seconds before the collision. At the time of impact, the module shows Marsh traveling 51 mph. The driver of the other vehicle sustained serious bodily injury that was described as a proximal tibial fracture of the right leg that required surgery.

The other wrong-way driver drove away from the scene. It is unclear whether this incident stemmed from a police action. The name of the other driver seriously injured has not been released.

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