LPD investigating accident that injured off-duty officer; alcohol suspected

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Lincoln Police Department says it's investigating the accident near 45th and Vine streets Sunday afternoon that sent one person, an off-duty LPD officer, to the hospital.

The single-vehicle accident happened at 4:36 p.m. Sunday.

Police said a westbound Toyota Tacoma struck a pole on the Northwest corner of North 45th and Vine Street, causing damage to the vehicle and the pole.

The driver and sole occupant, who has been identified as Matthew Brodd, and officer with the Lincoln Police Department, was transported to a local hospital by Lincoln Fire and Rescue to treat injuries sustained in the crash. He was off duty at the time of the accident.

The preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may be factor. The results of chemical testing for blood alcohol levels are pending the analysis by the Nebraska State Lab.

LPD said it also doesn't believe he was wearing his seat belt.

Brodd was released from the hospital Monday and remains off duty, recovering from his injuries, police say. He is a 21-year veteran of the department.

Completion of the accident investigation, including the review of the blood alcohol testing will dictate the need for additional internal investigative processes.

According to the LPD accident report, several witnesses told police Brodd's vehicle fishtailed before striking the traffic pole. Those witnesses estimated he was driving about 25 mph before the accident.

The accident caused about $500 in damage to the traffic pole and totaled Brodd's truck, according the accident report.

In an ongoing effort for transparency, the policy guiding LPD's internal investigative process is available for review at lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/info/genorders/1430.pdf.