Metro Nashville police officer injured in early morning crash

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Oct 02, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Metro Nashville police officer is out of the hospital following an early morning crash on Saturday.

Metro police say a driver ran a red light at the intersection of Murfreesboro Pike and Hamilton Church Road, colliding with Officer Clayton Smith's police car shortly before 4 a.m.

Smith - who has been with MNPD for three years - was off duty and driving home in his unmarked police vehicle. He had just finished working the Entertainment District Initiative Friday night and early Saturday morning.

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Officer Clayton Smith

The other driver, Elijah Dowling, 27, appeared to be impaired. A blood sample was taken via search warrant, and it will be analyzed by the MNPD crime laboratory.

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Elijah Dowling

Dowling was arrested and is charged with vehicular assault and DUI. His bond is set at $5,000.