Officer involved in wreck

CNJ staff

A Clovis patrol car driven by officer Bart Phillips was involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Seventh Street.

Phillips was traveling westbound on Seventh Street shortly before 5 p.m. when his vehicle was struck in the front passenger side by a woman driving a 1994 GMC pickup, according to Clovis Sgt. Douglas Ford. The pickup, which was traveling south on Merriwether, went over top of the police cruiser and landed on its side, he said. There is a stop sign at the corner of Merriwether and Seventh.

The driver and a female passenger were transported by ambulance to Plains Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released, Ford said. Police would not release the names of the two women, citing an ongoing investigation.

Phillips, who had just gotten off duty, was not seriously injured.

Ford said it’s standard policy for officers to take their patrol units home. No citations were issued so far, Ford said.