A Lewiston police cruiser was totaled Friday when it crashed into a parked car on Pine Street. Tiffany Sessums photo

LEWISTON — A police cruiser was likely totaled Friday afternoon in a crash on Pine Street.

Police said the officer operating the cruiser was driving about 2 p.m. with lights and sirens while responding to a report of a suspect fighting with police nearby. Witnesses said when a woman in a car pulled out from Howe Street and into the cruiser’s path the officer swerved to avoid her and struck a vehicle parked at the curb.

The cruiser slammed into the back of the station wagon, pushing it several feet, witnesses said. In the aftermath, the front end of the cruiser was badly mangled and the station wagon sustained extensive damage to the back. Information about the owner of that vehicle was not available.

The officer, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released later Friday, police said. No one else was injured.

Police shut down a section of Pine Street while they began an investigation. No further information was available.

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