The court sentenced former policewoman Jordan Steinke to 30 months of probation supervision and 100 hours of community service in connection with reckless endangerment, media report. An officer from Platteville, Colorado, handcuffed the detainee and locked her in a police car parked at a railroad crossing. Moments later, the vehicle was hit by a speeding freight train.
The incident took place in early September 2022. Platteville police responded to a call regarding a road rage incident involving aggression and use of a firearm in Fort Lupton. The officers located the car concerned and they detained the driver 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez. Her car stopped next to the railway crossing, the police parked the police car at the crossing, on the tracks. Officer Jordan Steinke handcuffed the woman and locked her in a police vehicle. While the officers were searching the detainee’s car, a freight train arrived and hit the police car. Accident recorded by cameras placed on police uniforms. The 20-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
She locked the detained person in a police car. A vehicle hit by a train
In July, Judge Timothy Kerns found Steinke – who was fired from the police force after an accident on the tracks – guilty of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault. However, he did not find her guilty of attempted murder. Now the court has sentenced Steinke to 30 months of probation and 100 hours of community service, CNN reported on Saturday, citing attorney Mallory A. Revel.
The American broadcaster noted that Steinke met with Rios-Gonzalez and quoted her statement in which she indicated that she “understood the physical, emotional and mental pain” suffered by the 20-year-old and her loved ones. “As a police officer, I never wanted another person to suffer under my supervision. I feel very responsible for what happened that night. What happened that night haunted me for 364 days,” Steinke was reported to have said.
Pablo Vazquez, the second officer present at the scene of the 20-year-old’s arrest, is still waiting for his trial – the CBS News portal reported, emphasizing that he is accused of parking a police car at a railway crossing, and has also been charged with reckless endangerment and obstruction. . He is scheduled to appear in court in December.
Main photo source: ENEX/Fort Lupton Police/KCNC