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Police block southeast valley intersection after car crash; officers taken to hospital

Three people, including two police officers, were hospitalized Monday evening after a hit-and-run accident in the southeast valley.

Just before 7 p.m., two officers with the Metropolitan Police Department were helping two people involved in a minor car crash at East Sahara and Burnham avenues.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. The officers and people involved in the crash were standing in front of a Metro patrol car when a vehicle driving by rear-ended the patrol car, Metro Lt. C.J. Jenkins said. The police car then collided with the four people before the driver, who was driving under the influence, drove away from the scene, heading eastbound on Sahara Avenue.

The two officers and one of the two people who the officers were assisting were transported to University Medical Center’s trauma unit with minor, nonlife-threatening injuries, Jenkins said. One officer injured an ankle, but broke no bones.

The driver who crashed into the patrol car was later found at his residence, the address of which police didn’t disclose. Officers arrested him and charged him with driving under the influence, said Jenkins. He’ll be booked at the Clark County Detention Center.

A large police presence at Sahara Avenue and Burnham Avenue blocked eastbound lanes on Sahara Avenue while Metro investigated.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or at 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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