A Saskatoon police bike unit officer was allegedly hit by the vehicle he was in pursuit of because the driver was using a cellphone.

The officer noticed the driver heading northbound on 2nd Avenue, between 19th and 20th Street East, and took up chase on his bicycle.

He followed the vehicle for a block and a half, when the driver made a right-hand turn into an alley in the 100 block of 2nd Avenue. The officer was then struck by the vehicle, police said. The officer sustained minor injuries.

The driver was issued two tickets -- drive without due care and attention and using an electronic communications device while driving -- under the Traffic Safety Act.