Just after 3 am one of the jail transport vans occupied by two on duty MCSO Detention Officers was west bound on Adams street, entering the intersection of 19th Avenue. While in the intersection, the van was t-boned by a vehicle traveling southbound on 19th Avenue.
Both officers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no inmates on board.
The impact caused the transport van to roll over several times before coming to rest west of the intersection. A radio call was made by Officer Richard Brown who had been driving at the time. Officer Brown kicked out the windshield and helped his partner out of the van, pulling her to a safe distance. He started to provided medical aide until the Phoenix Fire Department arrived on scene. Officer Brown also made sure no one else involved in the accident was injured. The two injured officers are Officer Chenelle Brown and Officer Richard Brown.
Chenelle is assigned to transportation and Richard is assigned to Jail Wagon. They are not related. Chenelle joined MCSO in 2012 and Richard in 2008.
The driver of the vehicle who collided with the van remained on scene with no injuries. At this point he is suspected to have been impaired.
The Phoenix Police Department is assuming the investigation in this collision. The Sheriff’s Office thanks them for their excellent work and continuing support.
Officer Richard Brown has been released from the hospital . Officer Chenelle Brown has undergone medical procedures and was moved from ER Trauma to ICU. While her injuries are not life threatening, they are severe in nature. She suffered serious trauma to her head but is in good spirits.