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One-car Accident Involving Police Car is Under Investigation

Officer suffered minor injuries.

An accident involving a on Monday morning is still under investigation, Police Chief Dominic Panico told Elmhurst Patch Wednesday.

"I'm happy to provide any information that won't jeoparize the investigation," he said.

According to a report released Tuesday by Elmhurst police, the Ford Crown Victoria hit the brick wall of GMS Realty, 627 N. York Road, at 8:56 a.m.

Panico said the officer was driving on North York Road when he swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle that entered his lane of traffic. This caused the officer to lose control of his car, he said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Panico did not say whether the officer was in pursuit of someone when the accident happened.

"That's as much as I know now," Panico said. "It needs to be investigated at the supervisory level."

The officer was treated at the hospital for minor injuries sustained in the accident, and he has since been released, Panico said.

Vincent Russell August 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
This story sounds very fishy. OK, so someone went into your lane and you swerved. The speed limit is 35 MPH. You hit the brakes while you swerve. You don't go off the road, jump a sidewalk, then hit a building just by swerving. Interestingly, from the photo, it looks like the vehicle was southbound and crossed over the northbound lanes, then jumped the sidewalk and hit the building. This makes the story even more peculiar. 1. Officer's speed needs to be investigated, along with skid marks. 2. Officer's personal phone usage needs to be investigated (texting while driving). 3. Cameras in the area need to be looked at to verify story. 4. Was a blood test done on the officer to check for alcohol/drug use? Karen, please follow up this story. It sounds like a fable and smells like a trout.
Stewart Levine August 10, 2012 at 06:00 AM
you mean he dropped his doughnut, spilled his coffee and then hit a building when he saw a woman walking across the street at the waverton hotel with a large rack wearing just a brassiere. i'd buy that one.
Kay August 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
You guys do not know what exactly happened and shouldn't be assuming. Thank God the officer is alive and ok.
Cookie moster77 August 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Amen and God bless that man for being safe! He really does protect us! Let us not judge, we were not there! As matthew 7 says do not judge and we will not be judged. Let's focus on praising God that this man is safe and rescued by the hands of God rather than accuse and point te finger God is the only one who knows by our fruit and hearts!
Cookie moster77 August 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Amen and God bless that man for being safe! He really does protect us! Let us not judge, we were not there! As matthew 7 says do not judge and we will not be judged. Let's focus on praising God that this man is safe and rescued by the hands of God rather than accuse and point te finger God is the only one who knows by our fruit and hearts!
Leo August 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Some people need to take off their aluminum hats off and have them redone.....I think the rays are sinking in too much

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