State Patrol Accused of Favoritism

DENVER (AP) – A Littleton family injured in a car crash involving the former Garfield County sheriff claims the officer got special treatment by the Colorado State Patrol.

The family has filed a lawsuit in federal court that says troopers never checked former sheriff Verne Soucie for impairment after the 2009 crash and didn’t seek out witnesses.

The crash reportedly injured David Rivard, his wife Leanne and the couple’s daughter, Cameron. The family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Troopers issued a citation to Soucie for careless driving that somehow got lost and didn’t result in charges at the time.

Soucie and the state patrol did not respond to messages seeking comment.