FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Officials are investigating a crash that happened just outside the city limits involving a Fort Wayne Police Department cruiser and another vehicle. The crash happened around 6:00 Wednesday morning in the southbound lanes of Lima Road, just north of Carroll Road, near the Byron Health Center.
Police told News Channel 15 a vehicle pulled out of Byron Health Center and proceeded to turn left on Lima road. The vehicle was headed north into oncoming traffic. The driver realized they could not cross the median and put the car into reverse.
The police cruiser, heading south bound, then collided with the vehicle. The cruiser’s front end hit the driver’s side passenger door.
Officers on scene also said the cruiser caught fire for a short time.
The police officer involved received minor injuries, but refused EMS.
Three people were occupying the vehicle at the time of the crash. One passenger received minor injuries.
The driver was taken into police custody. Fort Wayne Police say he was arrested on multiple charges including driving without a valid license.
As of 7:45 Wednesday morning, one southbound lane of Lima remains closed. This has caused some traffic backups in the area.
Authorities do not believe the crash was a result of the officer’s driving. Police do not believe alcohol to be a factor.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.