Philadelphia Police Officer Struck by ATV Driver on I-95; Suspect in custody


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia police officer on a motorcycle was struck by an ATV driver on I-95 Tuesday night, Inspector George Kappe said.

The incident occurred just after 7:15 p.m. on I-95 Northbound in South Philly in the area of ​​the Packer Avenue exit

According to police, the officer was listed in stable condition at Jefferson Hospital. He has an injury to one foot and “traffic rash,” but is still being examined by doctors, Kappe said.

Kappe said the injured officer, who was assigned to the Philadelphia Police Department's ATV unit, encountered a group of riders and one of them “intentionally” hit him, causing the officer to fall off his motorcycle.

There was no chase, but the suspect and the ATV were both arrested in the 5100 block of Erdrick Street in Northeast Philly, Kappe said.

Police took the suspect who hit the officer and his ATV into custody in the 5100 block of Erdrick Street in Northeast Philly.

The identities of the suspect and the officer are unknown at this time. Kappe said the officer works in the 12th Police District and is a six-year veteran of the department.

It's unclear what charges will be filed against the suspect, but Kappe said it will likely include assault on the officer and other crimes.

Philadelphia Police provide an update after an ATV driver struck an officer on I-95

Earlier this year, Mayor Cherelle Parker issued a new directive to Philly police to increase enforcement of these regulations illegal dirt bikes and ATVs in the whole city.

“We have a strong initiative in the Philadelphia Police Department to combat this problem citywide,” Kappe said. “Nowhere is immune from this, not even in South Philadelphia, where this happened. In every part of the city, ATVs and dirt bikes can be seen driving recklessly and endangering the public. We are taking some practice steps to try to contain this and eliminate this from happening.