Durham officer injured in I-85 crash out of hospital
Posted August 2, 2012
Durham, N.C. — A Durham police officer has been released from the hospital, a week after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of her patrol car on the shoulder of Interstate 85.
Officer Teresa Gilliam had stopped a 2010 Mazda 3 on July 25 on southbound I-85 just past the exit ramp for Cole Mill Road, police said. A tractor-trailer then hit Gilliam's unmarked car from behind, forcing it into the Mazda.
Gilliam, a 15-year veteran of the Durham police force, suffered brain and spine injuries and two broken ribs.
Charles Edward Caldwell, 44, of Roberta, Ga., is charged with felony serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless endangering, speeding and unlawfully passing an emergency vehicle.
His attorney has said that Caldwell suffered "a medical event" and wasn't impaired at the time of the wreck.
Caldwell was released after posting a $500,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 19.