Lincoln Police officer injured by reckless motorcycle driver

Photo: Lincoln Police Department

(Lincoln, NE) -- A Lincoln Police officer is injured after a motorcyclist knocked him down on the sidewalk.

Lincoln Police say around 12:30 Thursday morning, officers spotted a green, "racing style motorcycle" with green under-glow lights at 14th & O Streets that had been seen on multiple occasions driving, "extremely recklessly" through the downtown area. Police say the motorcycle continued northbound on Centennial mall, and driving up onto the west side sidewalk of Centennial Mall Park between P and Q streets.

Investigators say at that same time, two LPD bike patrol officers were southbound on that same sidewalk. LPD says the motorcycle initially slowed, turned the handlebars as if to try and go around the officers then rapidly accelerated towards the officers. Police say the motorcycle then hit one of the officers, knocking him to the ground. The motorcycle then fled eastbound on P Street at a high rate of speed.

Lincoln Police say the officer sustained injuries to his left hand, leg, and shoulder. Damage to the police bicycle estimated at $100.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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