OCEAN CITY — A Salisbury man was hospitalized with unknown injuries early Monday morning after the motor scooter he was operating collided with an Ocean City Police cruiser stopped at traffic signal on Coastal Highway.

Around 2:15 a.m. on Monday, an Ocean City Police vehicle was stopped at a traffic signal in the southbound lane of Coastal Highway at 41st Street when it was struck by a motor scooter. The scooter’s operator, identified as Edward Thomas Johnson, 25, of Salisbury, ran into the back of the police vehicle, causing him to be ejected.

The officer involved immediately began to render aid to Johnson, who was wearing a helmet. However, the helmet became dislodged during the collision and failed to fully protect him.

As of late Monday afternoon, Johnson’s medical status had not been updated. The OCPD officer involved was also treated at Atlantic General Hospital for minor injuries and was released.

Police continue to investigate the incident. According to the preliminary investigation, Johnson was believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.