Minor Injuries for DMPD Officers, Prisoner Involved in Rollover Crash

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SPO Alex Andersen and SPO Jeffrey Morton (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two Des Moines police officers and a prisoner they were transporting suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning in a rollover accident.

Police say the accident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m.  on the eastbound I-235 exit at E. 6th Street to Penn Ave.

A Nissan Maxima operated by 19-year-old Samuel Roegiers of Urbandale was traveling northbound on Penn when it struck the police van, which was traveling east on the exit ramp, causing the van to roll.

The van was driven by 59-year-old Senior Police Officer Jeffrey Morton. Inside the van was 48-year-old Senior Police Officer Alex Anderson and prisoner 24-year-old Johnathon Cortez. Police had been transporting Cortez after an arrest for driving while barred.

SPOs Morton and Anderson were taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Cortez was taken to another hospital, also for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the car, Roegiers, was not injured.

The accident blocked the eastbound I-235 exit ramp at E. 6th Ave to Penn Avenue and E. 6th at Lyon Street for a few hours.

The crash is being investigated by the DMPD Traffic Unit but officials say it appears failure to yield to a traffic control device appears to be a significant contributing factor in the case.