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Durham police officer involved in early-morning wreck

Posted May 9, 2014

Durham police were investigating a crash early Friday involving one of their own. The wreck happened at about 2:45 a.m. when the police cruiser and a Chevrolet Camaro crashed on Fayetteville Street near N.C. Highway 54.
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— Durham police were investigating a crash early Friday involving one of their own. 

The wreck happened at about 2:45 a.m. when the police cruiser and a Chevrolet Camaro crashed on Fayetteville Street near N.C. Highway 54. 

No serious injuries were reported in the wreck, but the police cruiser sustained heavy damage to its front end. The Camaro had damage on its left side. 

No details about the cause of the wreck have been released.

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  • disgusted2010 May 9, 2014

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    That's OK, the haters will turn it into a cover up before dark.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS May 9, 2014

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    A local PD about 45 minutes North of Durham has a policy of issuing the officer a citation for an at fault collision. This has happened to about 10 of their officers.

  • disgusted2010 May 9, 2014

    Wow, the haters are busy today.

  • TimeWillTell May 9, 2014

    "Remember the government hates accepting accountability for the actions of it's employees..."

    Unfortunately, NC law (at least used to) states that government employees such as LEOS are exempt for damages caused "in the performance of their duties." There have been multiple cases over the years where motorists have been injured by police vehcles, and municipalities have claimed immunity from liability.

    Not sure if it's still the case, and whether the law was ever intended to provide cover from negligence.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt May 9, 2014

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    Collision insurance means the citizen can get their ride fixed otherwise all repair bills will be paid by the citizen and without collision it can get pricey.

    Remember the government hates accepting accountability for the actions of it's employees, because accountability opens the door for liability which is usually the only way the government can be held accountable through the wallet.

  • Greg Magnus May 9, 2014
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    I wonder if this officer was drunk like the last one that rear-ended a car last year? You all know that by some "magic" bullet theory that this will be the civilians fault no matter what!

  • 68_dodge_polara May 9, 2014

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    So what does collision insurance have to do with it? I can see Liability insurance but everyone is supposed to have Liability insurance.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt May 9, 2014

    Anyone who thinks the DPD will not turn this farce of an investigation into a cover your rear opportunity at the drop of a hat has had too much kool-aid.

    Any time a civilian and LEO are involved in a collision the officer gets off scott free and unless the citizen has collision insurance they lose.

  • sinenomine May 9, 2014

    I notice the emergency lights on the cruiser are flashing. Were they on, I wonder, at the time of the crash? Or did the officer turn them on after the collision to mark the wreck for safety reasons? The answer may well help determine responsibility for the accident.

  • Jim Buchanan May 9, 2014
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    Looks like the police t-boned the camaro and the cruiser was moving at a pretty good speed for that much damage!!

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