Gilbert police officer seriously injured in collision while off duty
Sgt. Tom Edgerton (Gilbert Police Department Photo)
PHOENIX – A Phoenix-area police officer was seriously injured in a collision while off duty Sunday morning.
Police Sergeant Gilbert. Tom Edgerton was hit while riding his personal motorbike on the Loop 101 Pima Freeway southbound near Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale at around 1:30 a.m., authorities said.
Edgerton was hospitalized in serious but stable condition with several broken bones, including a broken neck, police said.
The driver of the pickup truck that struck Edgerton did not remain at the scene.
The Scottsdale Police Department located the Toyota Tacoma in a convenience store near McDonald Drive and Granite Reef Road.
Arizona Department of Public Safety soldiers responded to the scene and arrested the driver, Colton Sattler, 23, of Oceanside, Calif.
According to court documents, Sattler said he hit something while changing lanes but didn’t know what. He said he stopped at the gore point of the next freeway exit first, but decided to move the truck to a safer location.
He said he had a few drinks, according to the probable cause statement. His blood alcohol level was 0.079, just below the legal limit of 0.08, during a preliminary breathalyzer test. The soldiers also performed field sobriety tests and obtained a warrant to draw blood. The results of the blood test are pending.
He was charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a bodily injury.
The investigation is ongoing and he could still face a DUI charge depending on the results.