Phoenix police SUV hits fleeing motorcycle rider

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PHOENIX – A Phoenix police SUV collided head-on with a motorcycle that ran a red light in North Phoenix early Friday morning. It happened at 40th Street just south of Greenway Road.

It started at 1 a.m. at Tatum Boulevard and Greenway when an officer saw a motorcycle run a red light, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department.

Lights and siren on, the officer tried to pull the motorcycle over, but the rider refused to stop.

“The man on the motorcycle, a 21-year-old, looked over his shoulder, clearly saw the officer and decided to keep on going,” Thompson said.

Just before 40th Street, the motorcycle rider cut through the parking lot of a QT gas station and then through the Sonic located on the corner.

“The officer, rather than go through the private property, went up to 40th Street and turned south,” Thompson said.

The officer was pulling into the Sonic parking lot when he collided head-on with the motorcycle.

The rider suffered several broken bones.

Thompson said the man, whose name has not been released, will be charged with unlawful flight. Officers are also trying to determine if the rider might have been impaired.

“This would have been a civil citation for failure to stop for a red signal light,” Thompson said. “Instead, it’s compounded now. It becomes a felony that he faces.”

The officer was not injured in the wreck.

The investigation kept the intersection of 40th Street and Greenway Road closed for several hours.