Meriden officer suffers minor injuries after police SUV rolls over leg

Meriden officer suffers minor injuries after police SUV rolls over leg

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MERIDEN — A police officer responding to a parking complaint suffered what officials described as minor injuries when her police SUV rolled over her leg Monday. 

The SUV continued in reverse down the street until it rolled over a curb and went through a metal fence behind the former St. Joseph School building. The vehicle came to a stop partially over a concrete wall more than 10 feet above a parking lot behind the building. 

The police department’s online log showed a call of a parking complaint in front of 28 Maple St. at 5:16 p.m.

Police Department spokesman Sgt. Christopher Fry did not identify the officer involved, but said she was transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

As for the cause of the crash, Fry said, “it doesn't appear to be anything malicious at this time.”

Further information was not available on Monday.

Yellow police tape blocked off the area between Maple and West Main streets to oncoming traffic while investigators were at the scene. 

Christopher Salgado, a bystander who saw the accident, said the vehicle started rolling back toward West Main Street as the officer got out. 

“And she started chasing it,” Salgado said.

He said it looked to him like the officer was knocked down by the open driver’s side door.

“It kept going down and it swerved into the fence,” he said.