Colo. cop's SUV falls into sinkhole

Officer was forced to pull himself out as the SUV sank deeper into the hole

By Deb Stanley
The Denver Channel

SHERIDAN, Colo. — The road gave way and a police officer's SUV fell into a major sinkhole on Oxford Avenue early Friday morning, according to the Sheridan Police Department.

"I realize I'm in a sinkhole. All I see is dirt around me," Sgt. Greg Miller told 7NEWS about falling into the hole.

Miller was driving in the intersection of Oxford Avenue, River Point Parkway and Natches Court, at the River Point Shopping Center, around 2:18 a.m. when the road gave way.

Miller said after he fell through there was dust, there was dirt and he could hear water around him.

"When it happened and I realized I was in the hole, I just basically had to crawl through the window," Miller said. "Grabbed ahold of the rail on the top of the roof, then pulled myself on top of the roof. Then I jumped up and grabbed on the top of the pavement and pulled myself out."

Miller had to flag down help, because his radios were damaged, police said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released for cuts and bruises.

Oxford is closed from Santa Fe Drive to Clay Street.

Police said the SUV has been sinking deeper into the hole.

Reprinted with permission from The Denver Channel

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