Peoria police officers in collision are out of the hospital

By Joe Bennett

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 9:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Peoria police have released new information about an accident on the East Bluff that sent three officers to the hospital Monday.

Police have released the officers’ names and are happy to report they are out of the hospital and recovering well.

Officer Brett Lawrence, K-9 Officer Justin Mitchell, and recruit Officer Nicholas Russell were responding to a call for backup at the time of the accident.

One squad car was eastbound on Illinois street, the other Northbound on Indiana Avenue.

One driver went through a stop sign and did not see the other squad car travelling toward his vehicle at a high speed.

"We'll have to compare it to our policy and determine if our policies were followed, and if not we take appropriate action," says Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard. "If we were to change the policy or tweak the policy in some way that something like this would be less likely, then we'll do that too."

The officers were responding to an urgent call for back-up when a man was breaking into a home while nude.

The police dog named Baron was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment.

Although shaken up, he too is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say no other cars were involved in the accident, and no one else was injured.