A Glendale police motorcycle officer suffered a dislocated ankle Wednesday morning after a 18-year-old motorist struck him as he responded to another collision, officials said.
Officer Matt Bolton was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital after his motorcycle slammed into the Mercedes sedan at about 7:17 a.m. in the 400 block of Lexington Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
The driver of the car, who police did not identify, was not injured.
FOR THE RECORD: This amends an earlier version that had the incorrect age of the driver of the Mercedes.
"He is in good spirits,” Lorenz said of Bolton’s condition.
Bolton was riding his motorcycle westbound on Lexington Drive to a crash involving a bicyclist who was struck at Milford and Commercial streets, when a Mercedes that was heading east suddenly turned in front of him, Lorenz said.
Bolton used a training maneuver, laying down the bike to use it as protection as he collided with the Mercedes, Lorenz said.
“It’s a split-second decision you have to make to avoid a vehicle that is basically heading right at you,” Lorenz said.
Bolton reportedly told fellow officers that he heard his ankle crack after he made a 360-degree turn as he collided and went on top of the Mercedes.
The driver told police that the early morning sun impeded her vision and played a role in crash, Lorenz said.
Investigators are looking into the crash and will be examining various factors, including speed and vehicle damage.
The bicyclist in the first incident Bolton was responding to sustained minor injuries and was transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. In that collision, which occurred at about 7:14 a.m., a 1997 Silver Honda crashed into the cyclist and immediately stopped, Lorenz said.