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Las Vegas Officer Injured in Suspected DUI Crash



An officer injured in a suspected DUI crash Thursday has been identified as Tony McCleery, according to Metro police.

Las Vegas Metro police said McCleery was hit by the pickup 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 McCleery, police said. The motorcycle was then pushed into the back of the car. The officer was thrown about 50 feet, police said.

McCleery, who is 54 years old, was taken to University Medical Center's trauma unit with a skull fracture, two broken ribs, a punctured lung, fractured vertebrae below the belt line and a dislocated knee, Metro Sgt. Richard Strader 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," 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 driver of BMW, who was taken to a hospital, was also arrested and charged with DUI, police said.

McCleery has been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1993. He is assigned to the Traffic Bureau.


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