The former Fort Lupton, CO, police officer who locked a handcuffed woman in a police vehicle that was hit by a freight train was sentenced to probation Friday.
Jordan Steinke, 29, was sentenced to 30 months of supervised probation during an hour-long hearing in Weld County District Court, the Denver Post reports. The fired officer was convicted in July of reckless endangerment and assault after the Sept. 16, 2022, crash on railroad tracks near U.S. 85 and Weld County Road 38.
That night, Steinke and then-Platteville police Sgt. Pablo Vazquez stopped driver Yareni Rios-Gonzalez after a reported road-rage incident, took her into custody and locked her in a police SUV parked on railroad tracks. The officers then failed to move the SUV as a train barreled down the tracks, horn blaring, and crashed into the SUV.
Rios-Gonzalez survived but suffered serious injuries.