Photos: DPS officer injured after cruiser goes airborne

Photos: DPS officer injured after cruiser goes airborne

Photos: DPS officer injured after cruiser goes airborne

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by Mike Gertzman

azfamily.com

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:25 AM

TEMPE, Ariz -- A sergeant with the Arizona Department of Public Safety was rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon after a collision launched his cruiser into the air, over a wall, and through a fence before it dropped about 20 feet.

It happened on Price Road at Southern Avenue right next to the Loop 101.

A DPS spokesperson said the sergeant was driving northbound on Price Road when the driver of another car made an illegal turn colliding with the officer's cruiser.

The cruiser hit a curb and sailed through the air before landing on its wheels on the embankment below.

The sergeant was not seriously injured. He went to the hospital as a precaution.

Southern Avenue was closed in both directions for a few hours while officers investigated the crash and crews worked to clear the scene.

The female driver has not been citied, but the investigation has not yet been completed.

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