June 13, 2014

Fort Worth officer in hospital after collision

Authorities say the driver of the vehicle that collided with the police cruiser may have run a red light.

A police officer who was taken to the hospital is recovering from injuries suffered in an early morning collision, according to authorities.

A police officer answering a call about 2:35 a.m. today was struck by another vehicle after its driver apparently ran a red light, according to a news release from Fort Worth police.

The officer was traveling north on North Main Street when he was struck by a vehicle traveling east on Long Avenue, the release said. Both the officer and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to local hospitals in separate ambulances, according to the release.

Police said the officer, who has not been identified, has been with the Fort Worth department for about a year. The officer was released from the hospital after being checked out and is doing well, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle is in jail and has been identified as Juan Pedro Almaguer Jr., police said. Almaguer, 24, was taken to the hospital for a blood draw and then was taken to the Mansfield Law Enforcement Center where he faces a charge of suspicion of driving while intoxicated, police said.

Almaguer’s bond was set at $2,500, jail records show.

The wreck was being investigated by the police driving while intoxicated unit and police said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the collision.

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