UPDATED: Troy Police Cruiser Swerves, Flips Over to Avoid Collision
The officer was responding to the area near Maple and Thunderbird roads to assist Birmingham Police in locating a speeding motorcyclist.
A Troy police officer patrolling Maple Road in Troy sustained minor injuries Monday night when the patrol vehicle he was driving hit a curb and flipped over, according to Troy Police Department spokesman Lt. Bob Redmond.
"(A) police officer was heading east on Maple near Thunderbird at about 10:40 p.m. when a car turned in front of him," Redmond said in an email to Troy Patch on Tuesday morning. "He swerved to avoid a collision (and) struck the curb, which caused the vehicle to roll over."
The car came to rest upside down just feet from a utility pole. Meanwhile, "the car that pulled out of the bowling alley never stopped," Redmond said.
Redmond confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Birmingham Police officers were also chasing a speeding motorcyclist in the area at the time, and several Troy Police officers were responding to the area to assist Birmingham Police in locating the motorcycle driver.
“Our officer was in the area, as were some of our other officers," Redmond said. The Troy officer who crashed, however, was not directly involved in the chase, and the chase was not the cause of the crash, he clarified.
Birmingham Police had pursued the motorcycle through subdivisions in Clawson before apprehending the motorcycle driver near where the Troy Police officer crashed.
“They caught the guy at Thunderbird in a building where he worked,” Redmond said.
The Troy officer, who sustained minor neck injuries, was treated and released Tuesday morning, though his patrol vehicle is totaled. He faces further testing for his neck injuries, Redmond said.
The motorcycle chase and patrol vehicle rollover in Troy occurred nearly the same time as an unrelated freak accident in nearby Clawson, where a 65-year-old Clawson woman was run over and killed by her own vehicle. The incident occurred a mile away from the Troy crash in a parking lot off of 14 Mile Road, also between Crooks and Maple roads.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, with information about the motorcycle chase.