Police car damaged

A police car was damaged in Mount Vernon Saturday. (Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun)

A Baltimore City police car was severely damaged in a Saturday morning collision at the intersection of Guilford Avenue and Centre Street in Mount Vernon. An officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

The officer, who has not been identified, was traveling to an emergency call Saturday morning. At around 5:40 a.m., he was struck by a civilian in a sports utility vehicle traveling eastbound on Centre Street, Guglielmi said. The officer's car spun out from the impact and collided with a street pole, which left it facing the opposite direction on Guilford.

The accident was not a hit and run, Guglielmi said. But police won't know whether they will file charges until the accident investigation unit finishes its interviews and reviews the cruiser's black box.

The officer was transported to Shock Trauma and is expected to be released today. Guglielmi did not have any information on the civilian.

erik.maza@baltsun.com