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Man pleads guilty to assault in Commerce City DUI crash that injured firefighters, police

Posted on May 28, 2024 by

The man charged with injuring four first responders after driving into a crash investigation while drunk pleaded guilty to multiple counts of assault Wednesday, according to court records.

Benjamin Winters, 24, was charged with five counts of assault: vehicular assault while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, vehicular assault related to reckless driving and three counts of third-degree assault on a peace officer, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to all counts on Wednesday.

Winters was arrested with a $10,000 bail on Dec. 7 after he allegedly drove around police barriers and hit two South Adams County firefighters and two Commerce City police officers who were investigating a DUI crash on westbound Interstate 76.

Officers were directing traffic to the right shoulder when Winters tried to drive on the left shoulder around the blockade, hitting a cable guard rail and two firefighters before continuing westbound and injuring two police officers and hitting a police vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a head injury and a broken leg. The other firefighter and two officers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Winter will return to court for his sentence hearing on Aug. 9.

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