St. Pete officer struck by car at crash scene

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg police officer ended up in the hospital when he was hit by a car while investigating a crash.

Authorities say officers had responded to a call Monday night after a car hit a utility pole.

The officers blocked off the street. About 8:45 p.m. a car approached the area at a high rate of speed before coming to an abrupt stop. Police say there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.

The driver turned off the car, and the passenger got out. But the driver restarted the car and hit three officers with the still-open door as he fled.

One of the officers was taken to the hospital and was in fair condition late Monday. The other officers were not injured.

An investigation continues.

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