Officer Injured When Stolen Car Smashes Into Police Cruiser

A car thief smashed a stolen Toyota Camry into a Long Beach Police Department cruiser early this morning, sending an officer to the hospital and closing down a portion of the area as police searched for the suspect.

The suspect fled on foot after the crash, which occurred at 59th Street and Elm Avenue at 1:30AM. as the officer was headed south on Elm, said Long Beach police Sgt. David Marander. The officer, who was conscious when taken to the hospital, was treated and released, he said.

“The stolen vehicle collided with his police vehicle. The male suspect fled the scene of the accident,” Marander said.

It is unclear if the officer was in pursuit of the stolen vehicle at the time of the accident.

Officers established a perimeter in the area and looked for the suspect after the accident, but called off the active search after about three hours. Both the police vehicle and the Camry were heavily damaged.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.