MOULTRIE -- A motorcyclist was injured Thursday morning as he swerved to miss oncoming traffic on South Main Street.

Marcus Arnold of 1447 Crosland Road in Coolidge lost control of his motorcycle and fell onto South Main Street, Moultrie Police Sgt. Sam Smith said. He was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center complaining of pain in his right shoulder and arm. He was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Smith said Arnold was riding his motorcycle north on South Main Street Thursday morning. As he passed the intersection of 11th Avenue Southeast, a vehicle being driven by Brenda Martin pulled out onto South Main Street.

In order to avoid hitting Martin's vehicle, Smith said Arnold swerved, which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle. He was thrown off, and the motorcycle fell on its side and slid down South Main Street for 43 feet, five inches. Neither vehicle actually struck each other.

The incident was first reported to Moultrie police at 7:43 a.m., Smith said.

Arnold suffered scrapes and scratches from falling off, and he complained of pain in his right shoulder and right arm, Smith said. Arnold told police he thought he suffered some broken bones from the accident.

The motorcycle itself suffered only minor and cosmetic damage, Smith said. The Moultrie Fire Department was called to the scene and applied "oil dry" to a gas leak from Arnold's motorcycle, but no significant damage was noted by police.

Smith said Martin was cited for failure to yield while leaving a private drive. No citations were issued to Arnold.

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