Did an off-duty police officer's case of road rage result in a homicide?
That's the working theory in regard to a fatal crash in Weld County.
Authorities have arrested Blair Jackson, a 48-year-old police officer for the community of Ault, on suspicion of second-degree homicide and reckless driving resulting in death.
At around 6 p.m. yesterday, June 1, according to the Weld County Sheriff's Office, the Platteville Police Department got word of a traffic accident on Highway 85 near Weld County Road 32.5, located between the towns of Gilcrest and Platteville.
Two vehicles were involved: a black Ford Ranger whose thus-far-unidentified driver was killed when it rolled off the road, and a green Subaru handled by Jackson.
The WCSO account notes that "preliminary investigation found that this incident was a result of road rage" — hence Jackson's arrest.
Jackson's online footprint is almost nonexistent beyond the mention of his name on the Town of Ault website. He's listed as one of four patrol officers in a department whose other members consist of a chief, a detective and four reserves.
The Platteville Police Department is taking the lead on the investigation, with assists from the Weld County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol. To that end, anyone who might have seen the incident is encouraged to contact Platteville Officer Fine-Loven at 970-785-2215, extension 1208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here's a Fox31 report about the fatal crash.