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Glendale motorcycle officer injures ankle in crash

September 7, 2011 |  3:25 pm

Glendale motorcycle officer struck by car
A Glendale police motorcycle officer suffered a dislocated ankle Wednesday morning after an 18-year-old female motorist struck him as he responded to another collision, officials said.

Officer Matt Bolton was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital after his motorcycle slammed into the Mercedes-Benz sedan at 7:17 a.m. in the 400 block of Lexington Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the Glendale News-Press.

The unidentified driver of the car was not injured.

Lorenz said Bolton was "in good spirits."

Bolton was riding his motorcycle west on Lexington Drive to a crash involving a bicyclist when the Mercedes, which was heading east, suddenly turned in front of him, Lorenz said.

Bolton used a training maneuver, laying down the bike to use it as protection as he collided with the Mercedes, Lorenz said.

"It’s a split-second decision you have to make to avoid a vehicle that is basically heading right at you," Lorenz said.

Bolton reportedly told fellow officers that he heard an ankle crack after he made a 360-degree turn as he collided and went on top of the Mercedes.

The driver told police that the early morning sun impeded her vision and played a role in the crash, Lorenz said.

Investigators are looking into the crash and will be examining various factors, including speed and vehicle damage.


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Photo: The aftermath of a collision between a Mercedes-Benz and a Glendale police motorcycle officer.

Credit: Glendale Police Department