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Raleigh officer involved in downtown wreck

Posted May 13, 2011

— A Raleigh police officer responding to a call was involved in a four-vehicle wreck in downtown Raleigh Thursday night, police said.

Officer W.A. Lane pulled in front of another car while turning left from Martin Street onto Wilmington Street, police said. His cruiser struck that car, then spun around and hit two parked cars.

No one was injured.

Witnesses told police that Lane had a red light, and the other driver had a green light. Police said they are continuing to investigate the wreck.

Lane was responding to a request for assistance from another officer, police said. He has been with the Raleigh Police Department for about two years.


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  • leo-nc May 13, 2011

    Any cop who hasn't been in a wreck at some point in their career is either A. Lying about it. B. a Rookie or C. Not really a cop. It happens. I was in a wreck in December and my driving skills are pretty darned good if I do say so myself. However, it happens. On top of that, we just got done doing in-service with lots of driving for the first time in years so the departments are taking that to heart. We know that most officers who get killed do so in car crashes.

  • whatsupwiththat May 13, 2011

    The thing is cops drive up to 12 hours a day...of course they are going to have the occasional accident, especially consdering,at times,they have to use a bit more speed. These are "guys" driving these cars, not robots. there will be human error. I guarantee if you need one of these "aggressive drivers" (MECU0905), you will want them to arrive quicky. All you "cop-bashers" need to do a "ride along" with a police officer to gain some respect for the danger they put themselves in daily to protect people like you.

  • MECU0905 May 13, 2011

    claytontarheel I know how you feel! I live in Clayton but work in Smithfield and the Clayton PD is always tailgating other drivers and speeding when they are not on a call. I swear they are the most aggressive drivers in Clayton!

  • LocalYokel May 13, 2011

    Officer W.A. Lane used poor judgment while using his lethal weapon (his vehicle). Instead of protecting the public, he endangered the lives of the public. I am glad he did not kill anyone with his bad behavior. Fire this bad driving menace from the RPD and prosecute him.

  • westernwake1 May 13, 2011

    Ouch yet another wreck.... and the description of the wreck in the article differs from all the witnesses. I hope that everyone is safe and not hurt.

  • Journey985 May 13, 2011

    I appreciate what you are saying leo-nc, and my comments today are not meant in a "bashing" way. I know that tone is difficult to discern on chat, but i was being sincere, how many wrecks have we seen where an officer is "responding to a call" and ends up being a call themselves because of speed? You have the officer that flipped her car coming out of downtown, you have the officer that rear ended a vehicle on Hillsbourgh St (glaring sun), you have the SHP officers as well. I am only saying two things, slow down, you can't help out your fellow officers if you wreck yourself, and a sincere request that they get a refesher course in defensive driving, because form the stories of late, it seems as though they could use it.

  • itsnotmeiswear May 13, 2011

    Glad this one was reported. There was a bad wreck in Clayton a little over a week ago between a cop and another lady. The lady was taken away on a stretcher still unconscious from the impact. They said in the only internet write up that I saw that the cop was trying to pursue someone. From what I understand from witnesses, he was just being plain reckless. He turned his lights on just as he got to the intersection and blasted through striking the lady. I think he was trying to beat one of his buddies to breakfast. The cop was charged, but nothing was in any of the local papers.

  • Arkansas Razorback May 13, 2011

    Anybody ever noticed how many patrol cars get smashed up in wrecks? It seems to be pretty normal.

  • busterbluth May 13, 2011

    like my dad told me when i got into my first (of many) wrecks
    "that's why they call them ACCIDENTS"

  • leo-nc May 13, 2011

    Journey... I'm serious. All of our differences and insult to each other aside, I will offer to let you ride with me for a week. Legit. I can probably make it happen. I want you to get a taste of what it's like and it might help you understand a little bit because right now, you don't. Yes, we make mistakes and that is because we are human. I don't know the details of this wreck so I won't judge until I see the crash report. Come ride, I'll lay all insults and our differences off to the side and give you a chance to see for yourself.