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Cary police officer crashes patrol vehicle into house

Posted March 11, 2010

— A Cary police officer, who was trying to catch a speeding car, lost control of his patrol vehicle and crashed into a house at 1101 Pond St. around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to police and troopers.

The officer, whose name was not released, was treated at WakeMed and released around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. He has been with the police department for 12 years.

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It was unclear if anyone was inside the house at the time of the crash. The Town of Cary's Inspections and Permits Department posted a sign on the house deeming it an "unsafe building."

Authorities said they are not sure if rain-slicked roads were a factor in the crash.

Cary police say the officer was on patrol, running radar to catch speeders. As he turned around to stop a speeding car, investigators say he lost control, drove off the road and hit a house, smashing bricks out of place and damaging the front of his SUV.

The SUV's airbag deployed, the windshield cracked, the front end was crushed and the bumper was strewn on the lawn.

The officer was wearing a seat belt, authorities said. It's unclear when he will return to work. Cary police officials said they are not looking for the vehicle the officer was trying to stop.


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  • Journey985 Mar 12, 2010

    Funny how leo-nc did not argue the fact that the officer deserves to be ticketed for this wreck? Could it be that he agrees with that comment??

  • tab580642 Mar 11, 2010

    This is my last post regarding this subject, because regardless of how we all should look at this some folk are simply blinded by their love for cops. I think most cops do a good job, but in some cases they take advantage of their authority and feel that they should get passes for violating laws that they are charged with enforcing. Now regardless of how clean my driving, criminal, & work record is if I decide to make a turn at a high rate of speed on a wet road & crash into someones home I would & should expect to be written a ticket, fined, and responsible for the damage to that home. The same should be the case for this officer along with retraining & possible suspension from his current position. With his training & common sense he should've known better.

    I'm just amazed at how folk here are trying to defend the undefendable. Cops are only human is what I've read & I agree, which is why when they screw-up they should be treated just like any other human! It's been fun!

  • this is fdup Mar 11, 2010

    WOW !297 comments over a crashed car
    by comparison
    Kansas City Schools close have their schools -o comments
    New Jersey man arrested in Yeman as a Al-Qaida member- 0 comments

  • thepeopleschamp Mar 11, 2010

    "Don't worry, our tax dollars will take care of this damage." American56

    If you think this is the biggest waste of your tax dollars, boy are you in for a rude awakening.

  • American56 Mar 11, 2010

    Don't worry, our tax dollars will take care of this damage.

    Maybe he was texting on his personal phone on our dime.

  • leo-nc Mar 11, 2010

    "reckless and endangering other people"---jackaroo2

    Coming from someone who knows....

  • jackaroo2 Mar 11, 2010

    I snuck back between BB games and see that nothing has changed. Lightfoot and Chevelle made the most intelligent comments. This is not a pro-cop/anti-cop issue. It is an issue of responsibility and public officials not being reckless and endangering other people. Real simple. Goodnight.

  • Remy Mar 11, 2010

    All you that are bickering, take it offline, we don't care. And it is rest assureD.

  • Whatever Geez Mar 11, 2010

    Wildcat: ..... then arrest assure

    arrest assure? heehee You mean rest assure....theres a name for people like you

  • leo-nc Mar 11, 2010

    "wildcat has made my day. Everyone needs a good laugh. What a comedian. He should go to work for Obama. They would make a good team. And I assure you wildcate also hates those insurance companies."---

    I think it's a she. It keeps calling me honey.