Trooper may have saved man's life

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A Colorado State Patrol trooper may have saved a man's life during a routine traffic stop.

On Sept. 30, Trooper Ryan Parker pulled a man over for speeding on Colorado Highway 131 in Phippsburg. Parker discovered the man was suffering from severe brain injuries and took actions that eventually led to the man being transported to a Denver trauma center for treatment.

Sergeant Duane Bradley said as in all traffic stops, Parker treated it as a potential driving under the influence case and noticed the man showed signs of impairment and was not making sense.

Parker believed the man's inappropriate answers to questions and disorientation were linked to a medical condition, not the influence of drugs or alcohol. The man had told him that on Sept. 28 he was involved in a mountain biking accident where he ran into a cat, flew over the handle bars and hit his head, Bradley said.

During Parker's questioning the man became confused when talking about how long he had slept after the accident. He claimed to have slept all day and the day before.

Parker called for an ambulance, and EMTs evaluated him and transported the man to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The doctors at YVMC believed the injuries required the man to be flown to a higher-level trauma center in Denver for evaluation by a neurosurgeon, where a doctor said the man is doing well.

"I believe Trooper Parker's actions to be an intervention which may have helped save this man's life, either from consequences of his injury or from a possible subsequent motor vehicle accident," Bobbie Vetter, an EMT who responded to the accident, wrote to Bradley.

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