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Raleigh police officer involved in collision

Posted May 18, 2013
Updated May 19, 2013

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— A traffic collision involving a Raleigh police officer downed power lines and traffic signals Saturday evening, according to the Raleigh Police Department.

According to a wreck report, Josefina Hernandez Herrera, 40, was traveling south on North Raleigh Boulevard shortly after 6 p.m. when an officer in an unmarked Raleigh police vehicle made "an improper right turn" in front of Herrera's SUV, onto Milburnie Road.

Herrera, who had six passengers, hit the police vehicle, driven by Isaac Perez Jr., 48, causing it to strike a utility pole.

No one was seriously hurt.

Perez was attempting to check in on an emergency call at the time of the wreck, according to wreck report.

It's unclear if he faces any charges in the wreck. Police spokesman Jim Sughure said the wreck is still under investigation.

"When it’s completed, the findings will be reviewed, and a determination will be made concerning charges and disciplinary action," he said.

Herrera was cited for driving without an operator's license and also for not having a child in the car properly restrained.

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  • Classified May 21, 2013

    “...and this other time, at band camp....”
    “....and this one time, at band camp....”

    Way to trivialize the potentially deadly accounts of these police encounters. I tend to believe the stories as told having witnessed similar situations. I’ll spare the details lest I also receive a childish comment for displaying any negativity relating to the law enforcement community. I guess ridicule is how law enforcement deals with these encounters.

  • thepeopleschamp May 20, 2013

    "Wow it must be great to have a job with no accountability at all." mojaintsmall

    The truth is in most departments if a time card goes unsigned the officer hears about it for 2 weeks from 3 different supervisors. So the "no accountability" thing is far fetched.

  • thepeopleschamp May 20, 2013

    "My father which is an officer from my home town in another state and my mother were down to visit. We had stopped at a gas station right off I40 and South Miami. When you pulled onto south miami we almost got hit by two police cars screaming down the road with no lights or sirens. Going at least 30 or 40 miles over the speed limit. My father was furious and it scared me. They were driving so fast the weren't even in view when we committed to the turn onto South Miami. I have seen thing like this a lot since living here. Oh and the reason I mentioned my father is a cop is because he stated there is zero reason for them driving in such fashion without running code (their lights) I know some like to make excuses for the reason they drive fast and aren't lite up" jjsmith1973

    ...and this other time, at band camp....

  • thepeopleschamp May 20, 2013

    "As long as we're swapping anecdotes about police drivers let me share one:
    Back in the 1960s I was driving through Georgetown in DC, an area in which I used to live and with which I am still quite familiar.
    One morning I stopped at a stop sign. It has always been my habit to look both ways at a stop sign even when, as was the case on the occasion in question, the street I am about to cross is one-way.
    Good I followed my habit. Had I proceeded through the intersection without checking in both directions I would have been broadsided by a marked DC police car driving the wrong way up the street without lights, sirens, or any other emergency equipment in operation." sinenomine

    ....and this one time, at band camp....

  • thepeopleschamp May 20, 2013

    An officer does something in Raleigh that resulted in some bent sheetmetal and a broken headlight, and now we get to hear every story there is from Georgetown to Miami about a police car that almost caused a wreck.

  • A Pack Fan May 20, 2013

    I am glad the officer wasn't injured. Law enforcement is such a dangerous job.

  • Krimson May 20, 2013

    Police causes accident... victim gets the ticket... what a huge steaming pile of manure!

  • sinenomine May 20, 2013

    As long as we're swapping anecdotes about police drivers let me share one:

    Back in the 1960s I was driving through Georgetown in DC, an area in which I used to live and with which I am still quite familiar.

    One morning I stopped at a stop sign. It has always been my habit to look both ways at a stop sign even when, as was the case on the occasion in question, the street I am about to cross is one-way.

    Good I followed my habit. Had I proceeded through the intersection without checking in both directions I would have been broadsided by a marked DC police car driving the wrong way up the street without lights, sirens, or any other emergency equipment in operation.

  • givemeabr8 May 20, 2013

    If the Detective made an "improper turn" isn't there a charge for Unsafe movement? What are they waiting for?

  • jjsmith1973 May 20, 2013

    My father which is an officer from my home town in another state and my mother were down to visit. We had stopped at a gas station right off I40 and South Miami. When you pulled onto south miami we almost got hit by two police cars screaming down the road with no lights or sirens. Going at least 30 or 40 miles over the speed limit. My father was furious and it scared me. They were driving so fast the weren't even in view when we committed to the turn onto South Miami. I have seen thing like this a lot since living here. Oh and the reason I mentioned my father is a cop is because he stated there is zero reason for them driving in such fashion without running code (their lights) I know some like to make excuses for the reason they drive fast and aren't lite up

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