A Tampa Police officer was injured this morning in a crash in East Tampa.
The incident occurred around 8:40 a.m. at East Martin Luther King Boulevard and 12th Street North, police say.
Officer Shanta Butler was on his way to back up another officer who was chasing a suspect on foot when the driver of a white Ford van crossed E. MLK Blvd. and crashed into Butler’s cruiser.
Butler was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with neck and knee pain, and six people in the van were not injured, police say.
A witness told police the driver tried to beat Butler through the intersection.
The crash is under investigation.