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Law enforcement seeking driver who caused NLV cop to crash

Nevada Highway Patrol is looking for the public’s help identifying a car involved in a hit-and-run crash that sent a North Las Vegas police officer to the hospital Monday night.

North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said Tuesday that the officer is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday — thanks in part to a good samaritan.

A marked North Las Vegas Police Department motorcycle was traveling south on Interstate 15 when the accident occurred about 8:30 p.m., NHP said Tuesday. As the officer was approaching the Washington Avenue offramp in the right travel lane, a car cut him off.

The officer braked hard and the bike rotated counter-clockwise and overturned. The officer was ejected.

Las Vegas radio DJ and hip-hop artist Miles Low was nearby and saw the accident, Coon said.

Low stopped traffic, and tried to get the officer to lie still in case he suffered a head injury. Had he not done that, a car might have hit the officer, Coon said.

Coon said that when North Las Vegas Chief of Police Joseph Chronister heard what happened, he went to visit Low at the radio station.

The driver of the car stopped briefly but sped away before law enforcement arrived. Troopers describe the vehicle as a four-door sedan, possibly green in color.

The officer was taken to University Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. The 45-year-old man has been with the North Las Vegas Police Department for 18 years.

Anyone with information regarding the crash can contact a Nevada Highway Patrol investigator at 702-432-5293.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0391. Find him on Twitter: @WesJuhl.

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