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Injured Colorado Officer Faces 'Long Road To Recovery'

THORNTON, Colo. --

A Thornton motorcycle officer who was rear-ended by a driver has "a long road to recoveryā€¯ ahead, a police spokesman said Sunday.

The motorcycle officer remained in serious, but stable condition at Denver Health Medical Center on Sunday, said Thornton police spokesman Matt Barnes. He had broken bones and internal injuries.

The department did not release the officer's name, saying he and his family have requested privacy.

Police arrested Fernando Malagon, 19, of Northglenn, who is accused of rear-ending the motorcycle officer at about 8 a.m. Saturday on northbound Interstate 25. Malagon was held on investigation of vehicular assault, and police said they suspect drugs and alcohol use were factors in the collision.

Barnes said the motorcycle officer was doing traffic enforcement in the 8900 block of northbound I-25. He said the officer, with his motorcycle's emergency lights and siren on, had pulled into traffic to make a vehicle stop when he was rear-ended by a red sport utility vehicle.

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