DPS Officer Blake Richards Struck During Routine Traffic Stop
Phoenix, Arizona—Blake Richards, a 10-year veteran officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, was struck while issuing a citation Thursday morning on westbound Interstate 10 at 43rd Avenue.
Officer Richards was finishing the paperwork for a vehicle he had stopped when a maroon minivan reportedly drifted onto the road shoulder and struck the trooper and his motorcycle before hitting the back of the vehicle the trooper had stopped. The impact threw Officer Richards about 100 feet, resulting in a bruised heart and lungs, a concussion and severe damage to his legs. According to AZDPS Director Colonel Frank Milstead, his injuries are serious but not life-threatening.
Sergeant Daven Byrd of the AZDPS Vehicular Crimes Unit stated the fact that the trooper was wearing his helmet saved his life.
We wish Trooper Richards a swift and complete recovery from his injuries.