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Fayetteville cop wrecks patrol car

Posted May 28, 2008

— A Fayetteville Police officer wrecked his patrol car early Wednesday. No one was injured.

The officer was trying to make a U-turn on Pamalee Drive near the Cain Road intersection when he lost control of the car and ran into a fence, a witness reported.

Police withheld the officer's name.


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  • aerie May 30, 2008

    Was Officer Jett on a call while doing 65mph in a 50mph zone? Doesn't say so. Who does a U turn at 65mph on two wheels? A cop who thinks he's invinsible and above the law.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO May 28, 2008

    Looks like this cop is now on a shiney new schwin bicycle with a siren on his helmet

  • baldy64 May 28, 2008

    "Tax money will not pay for the repairs, insurance will." correct, but we pay in the end with increased insurance rates

    Actually, no, the taxpayers of Fayetteville will be footing the bill, since the city is self-insured, meaning they don't buy insurance from another company.

    The speed limit on Pamalee Drive is 50 mph, so you have to ask why anyone, even if on a call, would do a U-turn at 65 mph.

  • leo-nc May 28, 2008

    Exactly right. Not only do we pay taxes just like you do, but we get to hear you all whine about it. Yay!

  • tallboy4372 May 28, 2008

    The difference is.......when was the last time you got three days off for getting in a fender bender.......cops do.

    Any for the record.....Cops are tax payers too.....people seem to forget that....

  • Scubagirl May 28, 2008

    "Tax money will not pay for the repairs, insurance will."
    correct, but we pay in the end with increased insurance rates

  • smalldogsrule May 28, 2008

    Tax money will not pay for the repairs, insurance will.

  • fryck May 28, 2008

    So, amlebede, if I were able to prove that I drove more than the average cop, then do you think that they should then cut me some slack, if I were to be in an accident? I do not think so. Since cops drive more than most Americans, that means that they should be more experienced and not have accidents in the first place. I am sure that most accidents are not intentional. When a cop gets into an accident, it should make more news than the average driver. Why? Cause it is our tax money that will pay for the repairs.

    If someone is making a U-turn and they lose control, they were obviously doing something wrong.

  • lroyal10900 May 28, 2008

    Straight from the Fayetteville Observer:
    A Fayetteville police officer lost control of his patrol car today on Pamalee Drive and crashed into a vinyl fence and tree.

    The officer, Stephen Jett, was not injured, said Lt. John Somerindyke.

    Jett, one of the department’s training officers, was traveling east in a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria about 1:50 a.m. when he lost control, Somerindyke said.

    The car crashed into the fence and dogwood tree in the back yard of James Smith, at 1407 Valencia Drive, Somerindyke said.

    The driver-side doors hit the tree and the car spun 90 degrees after the impact, he said.

    Jett was traveling about 65 mph when the crash happened, Somerindyke said.

    He said he did not know what the speed limit is on Pamalee Drive or whether Jett was answering a call.

    This is the first job-related wreck Jett has been involved in since he joined the force in 2002, Somerindyke said.

    Damage to the police car was estimated at $10,000, Somerindyke said. The dam

  • daisy May 28, 2008

    Why should there be a news blackout when it comes to an officer getting in a wreck? They aren't bashing the police, they are reporting an incident. That is a pretty busy road so the people who drove by and saw the wreck were probably interesting in what happened.