Police horse rear-ended; officer injured

Posted: August 31, 2013

A mounted-unit police officer suffered minor injuries Thursday night when the horse he was riding was rear-ended by a car, Philadelphia police said.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the 44-year-old officer was on Rising Sun Avenue, stopped at a red light at Ninth Street, when his horse was struck from behind by a 1996 BMW, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The force of the impact flung the officer onto the street, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital to be treated for minor leg and arm injuries and to be evaluated for a possible head injury because he appeared to be groggy and disoriented.

The 60-year-old driver of the BMW stopped at the scene and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Small said.

The horse appeared to have injuries to its front and rear left legs, but was able to stand after the accident, Small said.

The horse was taken to the police department's stables in Northeast Philadelphia, where it was to be examined and treated by veterinarians.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.


Contact Bob Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com.

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