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Motorcycle officer injured in collision

Officer is not in serious condition and is expected to recover, police say.

July 26, 2010|By Mike Reicher and Mona Shadia
  • A witness looks at the wreckage of a Newport Beach officer's motorcycle following an accident with an Oldsmobile Cutlass at Newport Hills Drive and Ford Road. Another witness gives statement to investigating California Highway Patrol, at right.
A witness looks at the wreckage of a Newport Beach officer's… (Don Leach, Daily…)

A 77-year-old driver collided with a Newport Beach Police motorcycle officer Monday, sending the officer to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with injuries to his leg and face, a police spokesman said.

The officer, whose name was not released to the press, is not in a serious condition and is expected to recover, said Lt. Bill Hartford.

The officer was eastbound on Ford Road about 11:15 a.m. when a white Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme struck his motorbike as the car's driver tried to turn left onto Newport Hills Drive West, Hartford said, adding that the impact pushed the officer off his bike.

The officer was able to call for assistance from the scene, Hartford said.

Because the incident involves a police agency, the California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. The Oldsmobile driver was not arrested.

CHP officials did not return a call seeking additional information.

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