Tampa Police Officer Involved in Traffic Crash

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WHEN: 2/4/2014, 8:40 a.m.

WHERE: East Martin Luther King Boulevard and 12th Street

DETAILS: Officer Shanta Butler was en-route to back up another officer who was involved in a foot pursuit when the driver of a white Ford van crossed East MLK on 12th Street North while he was going through the intersection in emergency mode. The two vehicles collided and the officer was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with neck and knee pain. There were six people in the van who were not injured. All of the other traffic around the intersection stopped for the officer. According to a witness, it appeared that the person driving the van was trying to beat the officer through the intersection. The accident is being investigated.