Chino Valley police officer released from hospital hours after car crash

Police say the officer was being treated at a Phoenix-area hospital, but has since been...
Police say the officer was being treated at a Phoenix-area hospital, but has since been released to recover at home.(Chino Valley Police Department)
Published: Nov. 1, 2022 at 9:39 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 1, 2022 at 2:06 PM MST
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CHINO VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Chino Valley police officer has been released from a Phoenix-area hospital, about six hours after being involved in a car crash Tuesday morning. Chino Valley police said the accident happened just before 8 a.m. near the intersection of Road 1 and the U.S. 89., less than a half-mile north of City Hall.

Lt. Randy Chapman tells Arizona’s Family that the officer was driving his 2017 Ford Explorer along U.S. 89 when he rear-ended a Jeep Liberty. The officer was flown to a hospital in Deer Valley in stable condition with serious injuries, while the other driver was treated on the scene and released.

Early Tuesday afternoon, police said the officer had been released from the hospital and was on his way home to recover. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said that no other officers or deputies were involved in the wreck.

SR-89 was closed between Road 2 and Center Street for about two and a half hours. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is now leading the investigation to determine what led up to the crash. At this time, impairment is not suspected as a factor.