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Gilbert police officer crashes vehicle into church

Jun 19, 2014

Arizona Republic

Gilbert police officer crashes vehicle into church

Catherine Calderon, The Republic | azcentral.com 12:26 a.m. MST June 19, 2014

An off-duty Gilbert police officer drove his Chevrolet Suburban into a church Wednesday morning, with his three children, ages 4, 5 and 7, aboard, Gilbert police spokesman Jesse Sanger said.

Sanger said investigators are still trying to determine what caused the 29-year-old officer to lose control of the vehicle and crash into an exterior wall of Victory Tabernacle Pentecostal Church.

There was no sign of impairment, and investigators are leaning toward a medical issue, Sanger said.

Several people at the church assisted the officer and his family out of the vehicle after the crash. The officer's children and those at the church sustained no injuries, Sanger said.

There was no interior damage to the church, he said.

The officer, who has been with the Gilbert Police Department for more than six years, was transported to a nearby hospital. He was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon with back pain and no life-threatening injuries, Sanger said.