THATCHER — The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating a collision between a Thatcher Police Department patrol vehicle and a pickup truck that occurred early Wednesday night.

Thatcher officer Jason Larson was allegedly responding to a Safford Police Department call about a man waving a gun outside of the Bull Pen bar at about 5:10 p.m. when his patrol vehicle collided with a Chevy S-10 pickup truck driven by Andrew Tyler Dominguez, 19, of Thatcher.

Larson was eastbound when Dominguez pulled his vehicle out of a private residence at 2965 W. U.S. Highway 70, next to the Denny's restaurant. While both vehicles suffered severe front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene, there were no serious injuries reported.

DPS Sgt. Dan Long said his department is investigating the collision, and its findings will be given to Thatcher Police Chief Shaffen Woods. Investigators closed off a portion of eastbound U.S. Highway 70 for about an hour to complete their initial analysis and clean up the debris.

Woods told the Courier that his department will review the findings of the DPS's investigation to see if Larson acted out of accordance with department policy. The officer could then be subject to administrative action by Thatcher.

"We just really take a back seat until they're done," Woods said.

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Who was the officer involved?


Why was he responding to Safford[hero],he was probably doing 80 in a 45mph zone at 5:15 P.M. rush hour traffic. The officers in this valley are overzealos and have no regard for public safety when chasing suspects. The officer should be held accountable for his disregard to the publc but it probably won't happen in this valley,cop investigating cop and they will blame the 19 year old.


Having an out side agency investigate is proper procedure. Some of our lawmen in the past have gotten in trouble by not recusing themselves from an investigation. One past Sheriff comes to mind.

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