Eagle County deputy aids colleague on night off | VailDaily.com

Eagle County deputy aids colleague on night off

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Mike McWilliam

CAMP HALE, Colorado ” An off-duty Eagle County sheriff’s deputy rescued a colleague whose van broke down while carrying three prisoners, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Lt. Mike McWilliam heard on the police radio that Deputy David Dinowitz’s van had broken down on U.S. Highway 24 near Camp Hale just after 9 p.m. Friday.

Dinowitz, a nine-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office, “immediately knew his safety could be in jeopardy,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

McWilliam drove his unmarked sport utility vehicle to the van, picked up the stranded deputy and drove the inmates to the Chaffee County jail in Salida.

“We’re thankful that he did,” said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies take inmates to two other jails about five times a week due to overcrowding in the Eagle County jail, Cordingly said. The inmates, who wear handcuffs and legcuffs that are hooked together with a chain, and deputies are separated by a cage in the van, she said.

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