A Baton Rouge police officer was hospitalized with minor injuries Friday after he was involved in a three-vehicle crash on his way to a reported armed robbery at a Perkins Road business, police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said.
The officer was responding to a report of an armed robbery at the Circle K located in the 3300 block of Perkins Road around 1 p.m., McKneely said. As the officer drove through a red light at the intersection just feet from the gas station, another vehicle exited a private drive and struck the officer's car.
McKneely said the officer did have his lights on, but the other driver had a green light and didn't see the police unit coming. After the initial impact, the officer's car was pushed into another vehicle waiting at the traffic light to drive in the opposite direction as the officer.
Emergency Medical Services spokesman Mike Chustz said the officer involved in the crash was transported to a hospital, but the injuries were non-life threatening. McKneely said the officer suffered minor injuries. Chustz said no one else was transported from the scene.
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McKneely said no one has been cited or arrested in the crash. Police also have not yet identified or arrested the alleged gunman who stole money from the Circle K. Officer continue to investigate both incidents.
The police car, with its crushed front bumpers and hood, came to a halt near the center of the intersection, facing southwest. A white Yukon Denali was positioned in a left turn lane that leads into a strip mall, almost touching the back passenger side of the police car. A slate gray Nissan SUV with a crushed hood came to a stop with its front wheels on a curb a few feet away from the other vehicles.
Officers stood in the intersection, between Myrtledale and Cherrydale Avenues, directing traffic as some pedestrians waited on the side of the road. The crash occurred near the entrance to the shopping center with Trader Joe’s and the now closed Galatoire’s Bistro.
#BREAKING: a Baton Rouge police Officer was transported from this scene with non-life threatening injuries, according to EMS. No passengers from the other two vehicles were transported. @theadvocatebr pic.twitter.com/DGQyxz7ySF— Emma Discher (@EmmaDischer) July 13, 2018