Motorcycle Cop Crashes in Pursuit of Suspect

Motorcycle Cop Crashes in Pursuit of Suspect

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Kimberly Houk ReportingA Salt Lake City motorcycle officer is in the hospital tonight after crashing his bike in pursuit of a suspect.

The motororcycle officer crahed at the intersection of 400 south and about 800h west. The officer was headed westbound on 400 south, pursuing a suspect with his lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Traffic was stopped in the area and as the officer tried to get through the crowd he hit the rearend of a vehicle, laid the bike down and slid for several yards.

The officer apparently suffered a few broken bones along with several cuts and bruises, but is expected to be okay.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the case and says it's crucial for people to get out of the way when an emergency vehicle is in the area.

Sgt. Brad Marshall, Utah Highway Patrol:"It's really helpful when people yield when they hear the lights or hear the sirens coming; that they pay attention and are able to maneuver out of the way to the right hand side. Allow the officer to get through."

So far the name of the officer has not been released.

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