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LAPD officers injured in hit-and-run in Mid-City area [Updated]

February 8, 2011 | 10:29 pm

Two Los Angeles police officers were injured Tuesday night when a motorist slammed into their patrol car and fled, authorities said.

The hit-and-run collision occurred about 9:30 p.m. near Fairfax Boulevard and Whitworth Drive in the Mid-City area, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The extent of the officers' injuries was not immediately known.

[Updated at 10:53 p.m.: The officers were complaining of neck and back pain and were taken to hospitals for evaluation, the department said.]

Police had cordoned off a large section surrounding the scene as they searched for a suspect. The driver apparently fled in the vehicle after rear-ending the patrol car, said LAPD Officer Karen Rayner.

No other details were available.

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