A motorcycle officer sustained minor injuries this weekend near a sobriety checkpoint at Oak Street and Hollywood Way, authorities said.
The motorist made a U-turn about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in front of the officer to avoid the checkpoint, slamming into the motorcycle and sending the officer into a parked car, police said.
The officer was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and later released with minor injuries, police said.
Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said the officer was chasing a motorist northbound on Hollywood Way for an unrelated traffic violation. As he gave chase, a driver in the southbound lane made a sharp U-turn to avoid the checkpoint, hitting the officer as he maneuvered into a northbound lane.