Officer hospitalized after patrol car crashes into light pole in Renton

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RENTON, Wash. - A Renton police officer was hospitalized Tuesday after he suffered a medical condition and his patrol car crashed into a utility pole along a busy street in Renton.

Firefighters and medics responded to the scene, near the intersection of Talbot Road South and South Grady Way, at around 10:15 a.m. after receiving reports of an officer's patrol car crashing into a light pole.

The 38-year-old officer was not injured in the crash, but he was taken to Valley Medical Center for evaluation and testing to determine the cause of his medical symptoms, said Cmdr. D. Leibman of the Renton police.

A preliminary investigation found that the officer was on routine assignment, driving his patrol car from eastbound South Grady Way onto northbound Talbot Road South, when he suffered an unknown medical condition that resulted in a loss of consciousness.

His car veered off the roadway and hit a pole, causing significant damage to the patrol car.

No one else was in the officer's car at the time of the accident.

Witnesses said the roadway was blocked after the crash, but the scene was cleared quickly.

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