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Police officer ticketed after downtown traffic accident

A photograph submitted by a Steamboat Pilot & Today reader shows a traffic accident involving a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer that took place at Oak and Fourth streets. The Colorado State Patrol investigated the crash

A noninjury car accident Wednesday morning resulted in a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer being issued a ticket. Sgt. Rich Brown said the officer, whom he would not name, was responding to a report of a bear and two cubs at Memorial Park near Steamboat Springs High School.

A photograph submitted by a Steamboat Pilot & Today reader showed the accident took place at Oak and Fourth streets. Brown said the officer drove the Dodge Charger patrol car into the intersection and hit another car. The Colorado State Patrol investigated the crash. The trooper who investigated the crash could not be reached Wednesday evening.

"Any time an officer is involved in a crash like this, we ask another agency to come out and investigate it, and we leave the investigation up to them," Brown said.

The officer was given a ticket, but Brown did not know for what. Brown said police administrators would review the incident and decide whether further action is warranted.