Arizona cop cited in I-10 wreck

| Monday, October 14, 2002

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Oct. 10 cited a Tucson police officer for his part in a three-vehicle collision on I-10 last month, the Arizona Daily Star reports. The accident, which included a tractor-trailer, seriously injured another man.

Sgt. David Leotaud reportedly was responding to a call about a woman threatening to jump off the overpass at West Congress Street on Sept. 22 when he changed lanes and clipped a GMC Jimmy sport utility vehicle. The impact sent the Jimmy into the path of a semi, which pushed the Jimmy more than 60 feet, breaking the SUV driver's legs and an arm.

Leotaud, who suffered neck and back injuries when his patrol car veered away from the SUV and slammed into a guardrail, was cited for an unsafe lane change. The woman who threatened to jump from the overpass was arrested.