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Metro Police officer injured when hit by patrol car

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Police responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of an officer who was injured after being run over by another officer during an altercation with a man on a bicycle near 14th and Fremont streets. The officer was transported to University Medical Center with a knee injury, and the man was treated and released.

Updated Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 | 8:03 p.m.

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A Metro Police officer was transported to University Medical Center with moderate injuries Tuesday afternoon after another officer accidentally ran over him while responding to a call Tuesday afternoon in downtown Las Vegas.

Metro Sgt. Richard Strader said a patrol officer stopped a man for traveling the wrong way on a bicycle at 4:10 p.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and Fremont Street.

Witnesses told police the man and the officer got into an altercation for an unknown reason, Strader said.

A nearby officer responded to the scene to assist the first officer. As he drove toward the two, he clipped the other police car and rolled over the officer’s leg as he was wrestling with the bicyclist on the ground, police said.

Both the man and the police officer were taken to the hospital. Their names were not released.

The bicyclist was treated and released with minor injuries, and the officer suffered a knee injury.

Strader said the bicyclist will be charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, and other counts are pending.

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  1. Yeah, no kidding, totellitasitis. The combative bike rider can count his lucky stars that he didn't get shot in the back five times as did Erik Scott or get shot in the face with a .223 rifle round as did Trevon Cole.

  2. Best wishes to the officer on his recovery.

  3. Hey can someone explain how this situation escalated to the point where it ended in an altercation for riding a bicycle the wrong way, Heck you should ride your bike in the direction he was because of all the distracted driving that's not being enforced.

  4. @azsk8fan

    You are right I was taught the same thing and the reason being there would be two sets of eyes on situation as opposed to the one that's texting, I mean how many bicyclist have been struck from behind and died and didn't have a chance to react to the car coming for them in the last 8 months.

    And can someone tell me this how is it more dangerous for a driver to meet a bicyclist head on as opposed to with the flow.