PD: Tempe motorcycle officer hit by cab making U-turn

TEMPE, AZ - A Tempe motorcycle officer is recovering after he was struck by a cab early Sunday morning.

Tempe police say Officer Luke Trader was eastbound on his patrol motorcycle near University Drive and Rural Road just before 1 a.m. when the driver of the cab pulled away from the curb trying to make a U-turn to head westbound.

Police say the driver, Joey Labombarbe, pulled out and collided with the officer.

Trader was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say impairment was not a factor and Labombarbe was issued several civil traffic citations and released.

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