Car crashes into Manatee detective chasing bicyclist

August 20, 2013 

— MANATEE — A bicyclist running through a stop sign initiated a collision at 9:57 a.m. Tuesday between an unmarked Manatee County Sheriff’s Office patrol car and a car driven by a woman with two children, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The vehicles were both northbound in the 1100 block of Ninth Street West when the bicyclist ran a stop sign and cut across in front of the patrol car, which also contained a 44-year-old woman in custody, according to a news release.

The detective reportedly slowed, moved to the far right of the lane and activated his blue lights while pulling a U-turn to stop the bicyclist.

The other vehicle had pulled into the center-turn only lane and was passing the patrol car, which hit the driver’s side of the patrol car.

There were black tire marks on the roadway from the woman’s vehicle as it was pushed sideways from the impact at an estimated 35 mph. The woman driver told detective she went to pass the slowing patrol car and did not see blue lights activated, according to the report.

The female driver was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital by EMS with minor injuries. The two children were not injured.

The detective and the woman in custody were also checked for possible injuries.

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