A Branford motorcycle officer was struck while responding to an emergency call Friday afternoon, according to police.
Police said Officer Richard Kenney had turned on his lights and sirens and was driving eastbound on Route 1/East Main Street just after noon when a car turned left into his path and the two collided.
Kenney’s motorcycle slid across the road and onto a lawn nearby. He was treated at the scene and taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Police said Kenney was not seriously hurt.
Police Chief Kevin Halloran said Kenney’s training and experience helped minimize his injuries.
“Officer Kenney was able to avoid a direct hit by the vehicle by evasive maneuvering and then enter into a controlled slide after contact,” Halloran said in a statement Friday.
The offending driver, Cheryl Dombrowski, 69, of Branford, was charged with failure to grant the right of way from a private driveway and disobeying the signal of an officer.