Metro-East News

Belleville officers treated at hospital after crash with Lexus

Two Belleville police officers who were en route to a disturbance call Thursday night were involved in a crash with another vehicle in the 6100 block of West Main Street.

Both officers were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and were released.

Belleville Police Detective Sgt. Mark Heffernan said the officers “were responding to a report of a disturbance with an armed subject in the 9400 block of West Main Street. The officers’ emergency lights and siren were activated at the time of the crash.”

It is department policy to summon an outside agency to handle traffic crashes involving Belleville police units, Heffernan said. Illinois State Police were dispatched to handle the crash while other Belleville units responded to the disturbance call.

Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said a 76-year-old man driving a white 2015 Lexus was exiting Fletcher’s Kitchen & Grill at 6101 W. Main St. when he turned into the path of the oncoming police unit. The police unit, an unmarked black 2015 Ford Explorer, attempted to swerve to avoid the crash but collided with the rear of the Lexus. Dye also said the police unit had its lights and sirens activated.

Dye said both police officers were transported to a hospital and later released.

The male driver of the Lexus refused medical attention at the scene. According to Dye, the driver told troopers at the scene he didn’t see or hear the oncoming police unit.

Illinois State Police and Belleville Police declined to release the name of the driver of the Lexus. No citations had been issued as of Friday afternoon.

Tobias Wall