DPS troopers injured in Flagstaff area crash; Tempe man arrested

- DPS officials say a Tempe man has been arrested, after a crash in the Flagstaff area injured a DPS trooper and sergeant.

The crash happened at around 10:00 a.m. Thursday, when a DPS box truck delivering food to the agency's canine units was struck from behind by another vehicle, and rolled on its side. DPS officials say the 19-year-old driver of the car that struck the box truck, identified as Van Rothermel, was not injured, and was taken into custody and booked into the Coconino County Jail on suspicion of DUI, aggravated assault, endangerment, and drug possession.

It's unclear if Rothermel has an attorney yet.

DPS officials say the trooper was taken to a Flagstaff hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The sergeant the truck suffered superficial injuries.


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