Brewer police officer hurt when car strikes cruiser

Posted March 25, 2010, at 7:59 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — A city police officer was at home recuperating Thursday from injuries she suffered Wednesday when the police cruiser she was driving was struck by a car on Pierce Road.

After the crash, Officer Amy Nickerson, 41, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she was treated for abrasions and bruises before being released, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Thursday.

Because the accident involved a Brewer police officer and cruiser, Moffitt said, the investigation was conducted by members of the Bangor Police Department.

Though Moffitt referred questions about the accident itself to Bangor police, he did say that Nickerson’s injuries were not life-threatening and that she did not suffer any broken bones.

Moffitt also said that Nickerson’s police dog, Mace, who often rides with her, was at the police station when the accident occurred because the department’s K-9 car was unavailable.

According to Bangor police Sgt. Brad Johnston, who investigated the accident, Nickerson was driving on Pierce Road and was nearing the Wilson Street intersection at about 12:15 p.m. when the police car she was driving was struck by a car driven by Wayne Claridge, 67, of Calais.

Claridge, who had just pulled out of the Down East Toyota parking lot, apparently didn’t see Nickerson’s vehicle and sideswiped it as he was making a left turn onto Pierce Road, Johnston said.

“He said he looked and didn’t see her,” Johnston said, adding there is an S-curve in the section of Pierce Road where the accident occurred. The right front end of his car struck the left front end of the cruiser, causing the air bag in the police car to deploy, he said.

The 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police car that Nickerson was driving had an estimated $8,000 in damage, Johnston said. He said Claridge’s 2002 Ford Taurus had about $1,000 in damage.

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