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Tampa police officer injured in Sunday crash continues to improve

TAMPA — The police sergeant injured in Sunday's crash continues to improve.

Sgt. Robert Nassief was in fair condition Tuesday morning, the department reported.

He was initially taken to the hospital in serious condition after a Ford Expedition he had attempted to stop ran a red light and struck Nassief's patrol car at 39th Street and Hanna Avenue.

The cruiser flipped and slid into a parked vehicle, and firefighters had to use the jaws of life to remove Nassief.

The Expedition's driver, Desmond J. Smith, 25, was arrested on charges of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer; reckless driving; driving with a license that was canceled, suspended or revoked; and possession of cannabis.

Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Tampa police officer injured in Sunday crash continues to improve 09/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 11:29am]
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