GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - An officer is in the hospital after he was involved in a crash in Glendale.

It happened near 59th and Missouri avenues around 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Glendale police said the situation started when they received reports that people inside of a vehicle were involved in a physical fight after a crash. One of the individuals possibly had a gun with him. 

When the first officer arrived on the scene he saw the fight still in progress. 

As the officer was was moving his vehicle to block traffic, a vehicle traveling northbound on 59th Avenue collided with his patrol vehicle. 

The officer received minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Police said the officer broke his arm and dislocated his shoulder but was alert the entire time.

No one else was hurt.

Investigators said the officer had his emergency lights on at the time of the crash. 

It is unclear if the people inside of the vehicle were cited or arrested. 


Copyright 2019 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.



Recommended for you

(11) comments


Why do police officers respond in emergency mode to ANY call anymore?? Haven't you citizens taught them NOT to stick their neck out for you people?? If I were an officer I would take my sweet time getting to any scene - less chance of someone complaining about my actions. Cops never get in trouble for NOT hurrying...


The one line wonder is back. I wonder if he realizes this is the real world, not tweety world.


The lack of mention a siren by the official statement is the most revealing part of the story... Emergency lights alone do not a code 3 make...




I wonder if he was wearing his seat belt


It does not matter that he had his lights on. A sudden movement by ANY vehicle is illegal. He unexpectedly turned in front of an oncoming vehicle. Of course the cops will try to blame the driver he turned in front of.


Actually, Arizona Revised Statutes, title 28-624, talks specifically about Authorized emergency vehicles and the actions they are allowed while displaying lit emergency lights. An oncoming vehicle should have stopped until he passed and a vehicle following should have remained 500ft. behind him. Its lack of traffic law knowledge and common safety sense that leads to these type of accidents.


ARS 28-624 also says: D. This section does not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons and does not protect the driver from the consequences of the driver's reckless disregard for the safety of others.

In any event, I hope the Glendale officer makes a full recovery and the other party is OK as well.


touché!! also correct




Historyman I have been trained in driving emergency vehicles. It sounds like the cop did not allow enough time for the approaching vehicle to stop. Even if any emergency vehicle is running hot (red lights and siren) it does not give the driver permission to run red lights, make illegal turns, etc. if it endangers any other vehicle.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.