Long Beach Police Officer Injured After Suspect Smashes Stolen Car Into Cruiser

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LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A Long Beach police officer was injured early Monday morning after a suspected car thief rammed a stolen vehicle into a patrol car.

The officer was injured around 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Elm Avenue and 59th Street, officials said.

According to authorities, the officer was searching for a stolen white sedan when the suspect’s vehicle collided with the officer’s cruiser.

Both vehicles suffered heavy damage.

The officer was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries, Long Beach police said.

The suspect fled the scene on foot.

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