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Durham officer, K-9 injured in hit-and-run crash

Posted January 8, 2013
Updated January 9, 2013

A Durham police officer was injured Tuesday night in a hit-and-run crash on N.C. Highway 98, police said.

— A Durham police officer and his K-9 were injured Tuesday night in a hit-and-run crash on N.C. Highway 98, police said.

Officer J.K. Meade was eastbound on Holloway Street near Clayton Road at about 8:45 p.m. when a red Dodge Durango crashed into the back of his marked patrol car, police said. The impact caused the patrol car to run off the right side of the road, go through a fence and hit a tree.

"When we ran down to see if everything was OK, we saw the police officer getting out of the car and he sat on the ground," said witness Tanya Johnson. "Then we could hear the dog barking and then the police officer was trying to get the dog out."

Meade was treated at a local hospital and released. His K9, Cedros, was treated at an emergency veterinary office and has been released.

Police found the Durango a short time later about a mile away on Holloway Street near Mineral Springs Road. The driver, Jashua Duke Davis, 20, of Durham, was inside and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Davis has been cited with driving while impaired, police said.

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  • RealStory Jan 11, 6:41 p.m.

    Durham is wild.... not only would some drunk smash into a car and drive away, he had enough nerve to do it to a MARKED POLICE CAR and still left the scene. Durham is a wild place.....

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 10, 10:45 a.m.

    I am relieved to hear the dog will be ok.... it makes me wonder what kind of person would leave an accident with an animal and person inside a vehicle... they wont get away

  • johnny2times Jan 9, 2:57 p.m.

    glad the officers are ok.

  • marciamal1 Jan 9, 12:47 p.m.

    I'm glad the officer and dog were ok - but, people need to have more respect for the road instead of driving while impaired -

  • rjt083172 Jan 9, 12:20 p.m.

    "While i drove on 98, it appeared as though every cop in Durham responded."

    And your point is????????????????????

  • Taxpayingcitizen Jan 9, 9:37 a.m.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for both the K9 officer and the dog!

  • hp277 Jan 9, 8:45 a.m.

    I hope the officer is OK and recovers quickly.

  • mep Jan 9, 8:24 a.m.

    While i drove on 98, it appeared as though every cop in Durham responded.