Lewiston Police Officer rear-ended by motorist

A Lewiston Police Officer was rear-ended Sunday morning while he was assisting a stranded motorist who had run out of gas.

Officer Tyler Crane – in his fully market patrol car with emergency lights activated – was rear-ended on Bryden Canyon Rd. just before 9 a.m. Sunday by a 2006 Dodge Durango. Crane’s car was blocking the outside lane of eastbound traffic near the 8th St. exit before it was struck.

The impact from the crash caused Officer Crane’s patrol car to spin 90 degrees and moved 50 feet from the point of impact. There was significant damage to both vehicles, but the stranded motorists’s vehicle was not hit. Both Crane’s patrol car and the Dodge Durango were towed from the scene.

Officer Crane was evaluated at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and was released without being admitted to the hospital.

31-year-old Patrick A. Sanchez, of Clarkston, Wash., was transported by ambulance to the Tri-State Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.