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Motorcyclist injures Beach cop amid heavy police presence deployed for spring break

Miami Beach police officers stand across the street from the night clubs and hotels on Ocean Drive on Friday.
Miami Beach police officers stand across the street from the night clubs and hotels on Ocean Drive on Friday. AFP/Getty Images

A Miami Beach police officer was injured Friday evening after a motorcyclist struck him on Collins Avenue.

Sgt. Philip Elmore, who was on foot, attempted to stop the motorcyclist for an undisclosed reason near Seventh Street when the driver ignored Elmore’s commands and hit him, police said on Twitter.

Elmore was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where as of 8:12 p.m. he remained “in pain, being evaluated,” police said.

The 700 block of Collins Avenue will be indefinitely closed to all traffic, police said. The suspect was taken into custody, but the person’s name was not released.

“Subject remains at PD and faces serious felony charges,” police said on Twitter.

Two weeks into spring break, Miami Beach officials held an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss safety concerns about the annual festivities.

The police department announced that a squad of about 25 officers wearing protective gear would patrol the beach in front of Ocean Drive throughout the day, especially on weekends. Police said they would also use barricades and all-terrain vehicles to disperse crowds and park prisoner transport vans on the beach.

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