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Nevada Motorcycle Officer Badly Injured in Wreck

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. --

A North Las Vegas motorcycle officer is in serious condition after a car turned in front of him, police said.

The collision happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Commerce Street and Carey Avenue.

Police said the 32-year-old officer was riding his motorcycle westbound on Carey while on patrol. As he approached Commerce Street, a car heading east on Carey tried to make a left turn onto Commerce, police said.

Witnesses told police that the traffic signal was green for traffic heading east and west on Carey. The car's driver didn't yield to the motorcycle, turning in front of him, police said.

The officer's motorcycle hit the front right tire of the car, ejecting the officer, police said. He was thrown over the car about 30 feet from the collision, police said.

Police said the car was driven by Jalinda Oliver, 24, of Las Vegas.

Police said that evidence at the scene indicated that illegal drug use contributed to the wreck.

Oliver was arrested on a possible driving under the influence charge, police said. She was taken to the North Las Vegas jail where she submitted to a mandatory blood test and was released, police said. She was not injured in the wreck, police said.

Charges against Oliver are pending the investigation results and toxicology report, police said.

Police said the officer remains in serious condition in University Medical Center's intensive care unit. The officer is a seven year veteran of the department.

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