- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Department of Public Safety officer and an agency dispatcher on a ride-along have been injured in an accident near the state Capitol in Phoenix.

Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard says the officer had some sort of medical episode, slumped over and pushed on the accelerator. The dispatcher grabbed the wheel and swerved the department’s marked SUV into a row of parked vehicles to keep it from entering a T-intersection.

The SUV flipped and was heavily damaged, losing a front tire and ending up upside down in the middle of Monroe Street, just east of the Capitol complex.

A DPS spokesman says the male officer and female dispatcher were taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after Friday’s crash.

The officer was assigned to the Capitol police unit.

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