Las Vegas Officer Hit at Crash Scene, Thrown 20 Feet



A Las Vegas Metro police officer was hit at by a truck about 1:35 a.m. Thursday after stopping to check on a 2001 BMW that had crashed near Town Square, at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sunset Road.

The officer got off his motorcycle and removed his helmet, when a black pickup truck hit the back of the motorcycle and the officer, police said. The motorcycle was then pushed into the back of the car. The officer was thrown about 20 feet, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Brandon Potts, 42, of Henderson. He was arrested on a charge of DUI, police said.

"This is a huge concern of ours," Metro Sgt. Richard Strader said. "We have these impaired drivers out here who think it's OK to get behind the wheel ... and ultimately cause an accident."

The BMW was unoccupied, police said.

The officer, who is 54 years old, was taken to University Medical Center's trauma unit with a fractured leg, broken ribs and head injuries. His name was not released.


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