Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are attempting to reconstruct the events that led to a South Precinct officer losing control of his marked patrol car and colliding with a power pole and several park cars early this morning on Rainier Avenue South.
At about 1:20 this morning, the officer was travelling southbound on Rainier Avenue South approaching S. Garden Street. For reasons not yet determined, the officer lost control of his patrol vehicle and struck a power pole. The impact sheared the pole off at the base. The patrol car then struck three parked unoccupied cars before coming to a rest against a tree.
Seattle Fire responded and treated the male officer at the scene. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
TCIS detectives responded and processed the scene on Rainier. This remains an active, and on-going collision investigation.