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September 1, 2014

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Officer struck in suspected DUI crash still in critical condition

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Brandon Potts

A Metro Police officer who was struck by a suspected drunken driver early Thursday is still in critical condition but is making improvements, police said Tuesday.

Authorities said Brandon Potts, 42, of Henderson, crashed his pickup truck into the motorcycle of 54-year-old Officer Tony McCleery. The motorcycle was pulled over during a traffic stop near the Town Square retail center.

McCleery was investigating an earlier accident that had occurred just south of Sunset Road on Las Vegas Boulevard. While McCleery was off his motorcycle, a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck traveling south on Las Vegas Boulevard struck the motorcycle, which propelled it forward, striking McCleery and an unoccupied 2001 BMW involved in the earlier accident, police said.

Metro Sgt. Richard Strader said McCleery was launched about 50 feet.

McCleery was taken to University Medical Center's trauma unit with a skull fracture, two broken ribs, a punctured lung, a fractured vertebrae and a dislocated left knee.

“His family reports he is making significant improvements on a daily basis,” Metro said in a statement.

McCleery has been with Metro since August 1993 and is assigned to the Traffic Bureau.

Potts was arrested in connection with DUI-substantial bodily harm involving alcohol. Potts, who wasn't injured, was being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

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