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Bus headed to NBA All-Star game strikes LAPD patrol car

February 20, 2011 | 12:41 pm

A charter bus carrying passengers to the NBA All-Star game clipped a Los Angeles police patrol car Sunday morning, police said.

No one was injured in the crash, but the officer's patrol car sustained minor damage, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Jim Gavin.

Gavin said the officer was driving to the All-Star game at Staples Center to provide security Sunday when he made a right turn from the turn-only lane of Pico Boulevard onto Figueroa Street at about 9:30 a.m. The bus driver was in a nearby lane on Pico and made an abrupt right turn, striking the left side of the officer's patrol car, Gavin said.

Investigators responded to the scene. and shortly afterward, the bus driver, passengers and the officer were allowed to leave for the game, Gavin said.

"Everybody made it to their final destination," he said.

The crash was still being investigated Sunday afternoon, Gavin said.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske