A Metro police officer was treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center after he lost control of his car and crashed early Tuesday morning.
The incident was reported just before 4 a.m. on West Due West Avenue at Briarville Road in the Madison area.
Police spokesperson Kristin Mumford said the officer, Bryan Cuthbert, was traveling east on West Due West Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle near the Interstate 65 bridge that crosses over the roadway.
He started going sideways and crossed two oncoming lanes of traffic before going over the curb and sidewalk.
He then hit a sign and continued sideways across a driveway where he struck a large tree on the passenger side of his vehicle.
Cuthbert was wearing his seatbelt and suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has since been released.
Although Cuthbert told police he was traveling the speed limit, Mumford said excessive speed appears to be the cause of the crash.
She said Cuthbert's supervisors will look at the investigation to determine whether he will face sanctions.
Cuthbert was hired in July of 2011 and works at the Madison precinct.
He is off on Tuesday and Wednesday but could return to work on Thursday, police said.