Motorcycle officer injured in collision

A 77-year-old driver collided with a Newport Beach Police motorcycle officer Monday, sending the officer to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with injuries to his leg and face, a police spokesman said.

The officer, whose name was not released to the press, is not in a serious condition and is expected to recover, said Lt. Bill Hartford.

The officer was eastbound on Ford Road about 11:15 a.m. when a white Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme struck his motorbike as the car's driver tried to turn left onto Newport Hills Drive West, Hartford said, adding that the impact pushed the officer off his bike.

The officer was able to call for assistance from the scene, Hartford said.

Because the incident involves a police agency, the California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. The Oldsmobile driver was not arrested.

CHP officials did not return a call seeking additional information.

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