DSU Campus Police Chief Lynn Buford said, "Late yesterday afternoon between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Cleveland was trying to initiate a traffic stop on an individual. Our officers were on routine patrol and were crossing Highway 8 and Fifth Avenue and had the green light. They were struck by this person speeding that Cleveland was attempting to stop. There were two officers in the car and both of them had bruised hips and ribs. No broken bones. One of the officers had a slight concussion."
Buford said both of these DSU officers were transported to Bolivar Medical Center, treated, and released.
"I was pleased with the hospital and how well they took care of our officers. They did an excellent job checking them out. We're pleased that our officers weren't seriously hurt and pleased that it wasn't a citizen," he said.
Buford said the vehicle performed as it should have and the airbags deployed upon impact.
"These cars are designed to withstand impacts of crashes, the car did everything it was supposed to do as far as airbags deployed, but any crash you'll get at least shaken up. We're pleased they weren't seriously injured and pleased with the response of CPD and those who assisted with the traffic," said Buford.
An official report from the Cleveland Police Department was not available as of presstime. The Bolivar Commercial will have more on the story in Sunday's edition.