Motorcyclist injured in collision with Colorado Springs police cruiser

Police say they found the scene to be suspicious. The homicide unit was called out and took over the scene. 
Police say they found the scene to be suspicious. The homicide unit was called out and took over the scene. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a Colorado Springs police cruiser early Sunday morning, according to police.

Police said the crash happened around 1:40 a.m. on North Academy Boulevard in the area of East Platte Avenue. An officer was driving a fully-marked police cruiser southbound on Academy when a motorcycle also traveling southbound hit his car from behind.

The motorcyclist, 25-year-old John Turchan Jr., was taken to the hospital, where he is in critical condition. The officer was not injured.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. Turchan is charged with careless driving and other charges.

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