Police ID officer involved in April crash


September 1, 2019

CLOVIS — Crash reports released last week identified the Clovis police officer who "failed to yield" in an April 14 collision with a civilian vehicle during a motor vehicle pursuit.

CPD Sgt. Travis Loomis and two civilians were seen at a hospital for "non-life threatening injuries," according to Capt. Roman Romero.

The crash took place late that afternoon, when Loomis was northbound on Gidding Street in a police Ford SUV. The other driver was westbound on Seventh Street in a Chevy Tahoe SUV, records show. Loomis was "driving to the area of the pursuit" that day of a Portales homicide suspect and "failed to yield" at the intersection of Gidding and Seventh.

Loomis' SUV sustained heavy front-end damage and the Tahoe was a damaged at its front-left corner.

The driver of the Chevy told officers that he "heard sirens but did not see them until he was at the intersection ... which was too late for him to brake."

Romero said Loomis has since returned to active duty, but declined to speak to any administrative follow-up on the incident.

The News first reviewed an incomplete copy of the report, with Loomis' name' redacted, after an Inspection of Public Records request in July. A second IPRA request in August for the completed report identified the officer.

Attempts to contact Loomis were unsuccessful. Romero did not answer messages Friday as to a final determination on the cause of the collision.


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