The SPD Blotter details one of the many risks of responding to emergency calls:
On August 18th at approximately 1:52 p.m. an officer in a fully-marked police car was responding to an emergency call with lights and siren activated. Just north of SW Brandon Street on California Avenue SW the officer collided with a beige Ford sedan and subsequently struck a tree near the side of the road. The driver and only occupant of the beige Ford sedan, a male in his 70′s, was evaluated at the scene but was not injured and did not require transportation. The officer, a male in his 20′s, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Of course West Seattle Blog is all over the story, and has some pretty gnarly photos of the wrecked police cruiser. As is usually the case, the tree appears undamaged.