DETROIT - A Detroit police officer lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on eastbound I-96 at Outer Drive, according to DPD Chief James Craig.
Video shows the officer's motorcycle on the side of the road in the local lanes of eastbound I-96.
Craig said the officer is a 22-year veteran of the department who won Officer of the Year for the 3rd Precinct in 2017.
The officer was with 13 other officers on motorcycles on I-96, Craig said. They had completed a training exercise and were riding back in formation.
While the officer was riding in formation, he hit the rumble strip on the side of the freeway and lost control of the motorcycle, Craig said. Speed was not a factor, and the officer was not driving recklessly, according to officials.
DPD said the officer has a foot injury and is in temporary serious condition. He was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital.
"It's an injury to his leg," Craig said. "The hospital's doing everything they can to correct the condition. Significant injury, though."
Craig said the officer is in pain, but is conscious and in good spirits.
The local lanes of eastbound I-96 are closed at Evergreen Road, officials said.
There were no other vehicles involved in the crash, Craig said.
You can watch Craig's full statement below:
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