Tempe motorcycle officer struck by taxi cab


by Andrew Michalscheck


Posted on June 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 23 at 10:24 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Tempe police officer is in the hospital after being struck by a taxi cab while on his motorcycle early Sunday morning.

According to police, the officer was in the area of Rural and University when the cab made an illegal U-turn and struck the officer’s motorcycle.

The officer was thrown off his bike and into the street.

Police said the officer was a little incoherent when rescue units arrived. He was taken to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Police said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

The taxi driver was issued two civil traffic citations and released.

The incident remains under investigation.