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Cary Intersection Reopens After Wreck

Posted August 8, 2007
Updated August 9, 2007

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— A major intersection in Cary reopened Wednesday evening, more than 14 hours after a wreck involving an ambulance and a car downed a power line that temporarily left thousands of people with electricity.

A Cary Area EMS ambulance was traveling northbound on Kildaire Farm Road at about 3:15 a.m. when an Infiniti ran a red light at Cary Parkway and collided with the ambulance.

The ambulance then slammed into the utility pole and sheared it off, police said.

That knocked out power to more than 4,200 customers, Progress Energy officials said. Service to all but 50 customers was restored by noon. The remaining received power by 4 p.m.

Power lines and traffic lights in the Cary Parkway and Kildaire Farm Road intersection hung about 5 feet above the pavement Wednesday morning, and police closed the intersection to traffic for most of the day while crews disconnected electric, phone and cable lines from the damaged utility pole and reconnected to a new pole.

A passenger in the Infiniti, a female paramedic and a female volunteer intermediate emergency medical technician were taken to WakeMed Raleigh Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The two women in the ambulance were treated and released.

There was no word on the condition of the Infiniti passenger.

Driving while impaired and running a red light charges are pending against the driver of the Infiniti, who has been identified as David Robert Boone, 21, of Wake Forest, police said.

The ambulance had dropped off a patient at WakeMed Cary Hospital and was returning to its base at the time of the wreck, authorities said.

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  • linnway Aug 9, 2007

    jgirl- He was charged with DWI.

  • dolphin13 Aug 9, 2007

    Amen!! Warden, for the comment. I could not agree more.

  • Warden Aug 9, 2007

    I really get aggravated by the police intimidation attempts over things like an expired tag. Getting talked to like I just got caught mugging an old lady. It doesn't work on me, but it still annoys me when a police officer is so blatantly doing it. And it really doesn't help their case with the public and the missing respect that's due.

    That said, we're living in a society where nobody wants to be held accountable for anything. Child sent out of class? We yell at the teachers. We sue people for things that are clearly our own fault. Get caught speeding? We say the cop was exaggerating numbers. It isn't just authority figures who get the brunt. Nobody wants to be a grown-up and admit that they were in the wrong.

    I work in a field where I literally deal with this day in and out. Being a police officer must be like getting what I do ten times over... and I'm sorry, but I don't know that I could keep from being a jerk after months of that.

  • Harvey Aug 9, 2007

    jgirl- Please keep your insults and personal attacks down to a dull roar. In the mean time, I think many will agree that the public is always on the receiving end of a cops attitude that you are a "little person" and he is The Law. I understand that what they do is dangerous and you can't be too careful. However, there IS such a thing as being too careful if you treat minor offences like major felonies. Even in the case of a common speeding ticket you get cops who want to treat you like you robbed a bank at gunpoint and use his power to break you down and make you feel belittled.

    Being a cop is being with great power. Power that has been seeked(is that a word?) out by people who have spent their lives wielding their power over people weaker than then. And that is the classic definition of a bully. Passive agressive personalities don't apply to be cops. Bullies do. If they treated me with even a little respect then that would be different, but they never do. Thus, my lack of respect

  • Steve Crisp Aug 9, 2007

    To jgirl:

    I've seen plenty of DWIs pleaded down to C&R. And as far as police protection goes, probably the safest time in the history of our country was in the old Wild West which was not so wild. It was actually rather tame as far as crime was concerned. And the control of that crime was not the High Sheriff, but the citizens banding together and protecting each other.

  • jgirl5830 Aug 9, 2007

    Harvey all I have to say is you are are the bully and I take offense to your statement about police officers as I am married to one. You dont know what you are talking about, its people like you who have a problem with authority that we should worry about, according to you we should just have a free for all and let everyone do as they please right? They have a job to do and if you dont like it to bad go live in the Congo in Africa where you walk down the street and get your head chopped off with a masheti. We have rules and we have people that enforce them thats just the way it is. If you have a problem with tickets and where the money go's take it up with your local politicians dont blame a guy for doing what he's paid to do. If you had to deal with idiots like yourself all day maybe you wouldnt be the nicest cop in the world either.

  • Harvey Aug 9, 2007

    Steve, a statement I made months ago still stands with your statement. Police officer is the career for people who grew up as a bully! They will just make up charges to try and make it look like they are fighting crime and doing their job. But sadly they are not always looking out for us. Sorry folks about the broad brush strokes here.

    Their job as traffic enforcement is all about revenue collection and has little to do with public safety. If government wanted safer roads, they would put all of the money they spend on collecting traffic citation money and put it into making roads and cars safer. Bottom line.

  • jgirl5830 Aug 9, 2007

    Steve, you can't plea bargain a DUI, either you have a case or you don't and most police officers know that in a DUI case if they don't have all their i's dotted and T's crossed they will lose the case thats probably why that supervisor told his officer to drop it.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 9, 2007

    To jgirl:

    The point was that if the driver was not impaired, which was implied by one post and the story itself, then police should not have charged with a DWI. Police should not overcharge only to hope for a plea bargain down to what the actual charge should have been, but they do it all the time.

    I was listening to the scanners one time when there was a messy wreck that tied up a whole lot of personnel and made a disaster of rush hour traffic. An officer wanted to charge the person because of all the time and money it cost the city. The only reason there was no charge was because his supervisor told him that accidents happen. By the way, his tire blew out and he took out a fire hydrant. An accident. Not preventable. But the officer wanted to charge anyway for reasons that had nothing to do with applying the law.

  • mck8e Aug 9, 2007

    Just a tiny correction: "...left thousands of people with[OUT] electricity."

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