Ridgefield police: Officer rear-ended vehicle on way to 911 call

UPDATE — Ridgefield Police Lt. Shawn Platt has been identified as the officer who was sent to Danbury Hospital Thursday morning after rear-ending a driver on Ligi’s Way.

Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz told The Press that the crash happened while the lieutenant was responding to a 911 call at 8:40 a.m. Platt’s patrol car had its emergency lights and siren on at the time of the crash, Kreitz said.

Platt was released from the hospital later Thursday morning, Kreitz said. 

The other driver, who police identified as a 41-year-old female resident of Ridgefield, refused to be taken to the hospital after being evaluated at the scene.

Kreitz said Platt crashed the front of his police cruiser into the “left rear” of the other car as the other driver was making a left turn near the entrance to 100 Danbury Road.

According to a report, neither car was carrying passengers at the time of the crash.

Both cars suffered moderate to extensive damage in the collision, Kreitz said. Airbags were deployed in both vehicles. Both cars were later towed away from the scene.