Car hits D-6 office, 5 hurt

Exterior view of car inside D6 office
Exterior view of the D-6 office

District 6 Probation and Parole manager Tony Campa is praising the response of his staff to an unusual accident that hurt five men, including a D-6 drug and rehabilitation specialist.

On Sunday at 5:20 p.m. a car crashed into the conference room at the D-6 headquarters in Pocatello where DARS Jeremy Coleman was leading a group session with 14 offenders.

The crash hurt Coleman, the car's driver and three offenders, one of whom was trapped under the vehicle. That man suffered fractured ribs, a broken collarbone, as well as cuts and bruises, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Coleman suffered scrapes and bruises, and his legs were drenched in hot motor oil from the wrecked vehicle.  Campa said Coleman is resting at home, in good spririts and is expected to make a full recovery.

"Jeremy is lucky he was sitting by an open door because he could have been pinned against the wall and lost his legs," Campa said.

The other two offenders who were hurt and the car's driver also suffered non-life threatening injuries.  One offender has possible broken ribs and was complaining of hip pain.  The other offender had minor cuts on his knees and arm.

The driver of the car was also taken to the hospital. Police do not believe he crashed into the building intentionally. They say he might have suffered a seizure.

Word of the crash spread quickly among D-6 staff members.  Ten of them immediately responded to the scene. They sought to reassure the offenders, reach out to their families and clean up the wreckage.

"That's what is so awesome about D-6; the way that team comes together and rallies whenever they face a challenge," said Henry Atencio, chief of the Idaho Department of Correction's Probation and Parole Division.

Atencio also praised Campa and D-6 Section Supervisor John Warner. Campa immediately responded to the scene to help direct the response while Warner went to the hospital to provide support to the injured offenders and their families.

"An event like this can disrupt an offender's recovery, and we want to make sure that doesn't happen here," Campa said.  "We want to give the victims, and everyone who was in that room the support they need to stay on track."

Story published: 01/27/2014
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