Belle Meade officer hit by car during speed enforcement

Posted at 2:23 AM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 16:23:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Belle Meade police officer was injured when a driver crashed his car into him early Monday morning.

The crash happened at about 1:00a.m. on Harding Pike near Belle Meade Boulevard. According to police, the officer was running a speed radar on the side of the road when a driver veered off of the road and hit the driver's side of his patrol vehicle.

Belle Meade Polcie Chief Tim Eads identified the officer involved in the crash as Officer Mark Hill.

Investigators say Officer Hill became pinned in his vehicle, and crews had to pull the other vehicle out of the way to get to him.

Officer Hill suffered a cut to the back of the head and knee injuries. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be evaluated. He has now been released after receiving several staples to close a wound on the back of his head.

The other driver involved in the crash refused medical treatment, police said. He was given a sobriety check and officers said he was sober. However, they believe he may have fallen asleep at the wheel right before the crash.

Chief Eads said speeding can be an issue on Harding Pike, which is why Officer Hill was running radar at the time. However, it's unclear if speeding was also a factor in Monday morning's crash.

The Metro Nashville Police Department will lead the investigation.