PHOENIX — A Department of Public Safety officer and a DPS dispatcher on a
ride-along were injured in an accident near the State Capitol in Phoenix.
DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the male officer and female dispatcher were
taken to a hospital with serious injuries after
midmorning Friday crash.
The injuries were not life-threatening.
Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the officer had some sort of medical
episode, slumped over and pushed on the accelerator. The dispatcher grabbed the
wheel and swerved the department’s marked SUV into a row of parked vehicles to
keep it from entering a T-intersection.
The SUV was heavily damaged, losing a front tire and ending up upside
down in the middle of Monroe Street just east of the Capitol complex.
Graves said the officer was assigned to the Capitol police unit. DPS will
conduct an administrative review.