Steamboat police Sgt. Gerard Geis walks around his patrol car, which was involved in an accident at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive on Wednesday morning. The police car collided with a Honda Pilot, shown in the background, while attempting to make a left turn onto Mount Werner Road. Two people in the Pilot were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat police Sgt. Gerard Geis walks around his patrol car, which was involved in an accident at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive on Wednesday morning. The police car collided with a Honda Pilot, shown in the background, while attempting to make a left turn onto Mount Werner Road. Two people in the Pilot were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

Steamboat police officer given summons after car crash

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Steamboat police Capt. Jerry Stabile checks out a patrol car that was involved in an accident at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive on Wednesday morning. The police car driven by Steamboat police Sgt. Gerard Geis collided with the Honda Pilot in the background while attempting to make a left turn onto Mount Werner Road. Two people in the Pilot were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighter Mike Middleton cleans debris from a two-car accident at Central Park Drive and Mount Werner Road on Wednesday morning after a police vehicle collided with a Honda Pilot after making a left turn onto Mount Werner Road. Two people in the Pilot were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

— An on-duty Steamboat Springs Police Department sergeant was issued a summons to appear in court for careless driving causing injury after being involved in a car accident Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred at about 11 a.m. at Central Park Drive and Mount Werner Road. Colorado State Patrol investigated the crash. Trooper Brandan DiGeorge said Sgt. Gerard Geis was turning left onto Mount Werner Road in the direction of the ski area when he clipped a car that was stopped in the left turn lane at the stoplight on Mount Werner Road.

“It just looked like he turned short and went into their lane and hit them,” DiGeorge said.

Geis’ patrol car, a 2007 Chevy Tahoe, hit a 2004 Honda Pilot occupied by a couple from Golden Valley, Minn. Robert Mattison, 64, and his wife, Sharon, 60, were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

DiGeorge said Geis had a green light, and it appeared the Honda was stopped in the appropriate place in the turn lane. The patrol car did not have its emergency lights on, and Geis was not responding to a call, DiGeorge said.

Geis referred questions about the crash to DiGeorge.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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