Officer Christopher Jones
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington police officer is undergoing surgery for injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on Tuesday night.
The crash happened on Newtown Pike, near Citation Boulevard, around 8:30 p.m.
We are told Officer Christopher Jones was on a motorcycle unit, leaving the Christmas Parade downtown when he lost control and crashed. A UPS truck driver told police he saw the whole thing, watching the officer fall from his motorcycle unit and land in the middle of the roadway. Police tell us the truck driver might have saved the officer's life.
"He was able to stop his truck, but he stopped it in a fashion where he blocked both lanes of Newtown Pike, protecting the officer from any further injury or anybody coming around and striking him, so hats off to his job and his alertness," said Lt. Chris Young, with the Lexington Division of Police.
The Officer Jones landed in the roadway, and his motorcycle, in a ditch.
"The motorcycle traveled a pretty good distance, about 75 yards or so, before it came to a rest," said Lt. Young.
Officer Jones was taken to UK Hospital for leg injuries that are serious but non-life threatening. According to Lexington Police, he underwent surgery for those injuries on Wednesday morning.
A collision reconstruction unit did a preliminary investigation on Tuesday. Police say it was decided to treat it as a normal traffic accident since another vehicle was not involved.
Officer Jones has been with the Division of Police since 2001.