Former Payson Officer Injured In Traffic Stop


Department of Public Safety Officer Roger Cain was admitted to Maricopa County Medical Center Thursday evening, when a routine traffic stop on the Loop 202 freeway ended tragically.

The 32-year-old, who was a DPS officer in the Rim country until he transferred to the Phoenix area a year ago, was injured when his motorcycle was pinned between a pickup truck he had stopped and a van that plowed into him.

"Even late into last night, he was in surgery to repair a fracture to his lower left leg," said DPS Public Information Officer Andy Vidaure said Friday morning. "He came out of surgery around 3 a.m., and is listed in serious, but stable condition in ICU."

In addition to the open fractured lower leg, Vidaure said Cain also suffered a broken left shoulder and elbow, and possible fractures to his pelvis.

According to Vidaure, Cain was patrolling the 202 during afternoon rush hour traffic Thursday, when he pulled over the pickup truck. Officials are unsure where Cain was standing when the van struck from behind, but said he was thrown about 100 feet from the impact.

Traffic on the 202 came to a grinding halt for more than four hours while emergency crews cleared the scene and officers conducted an investigation.

Cain -- a 1985 graduate of Payson High School and 12-year DPS veteran -- is the son of retired Gila County Undersheriff Harry Cain.

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