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Raleigh PD: Officer was using computer when he crashed

Posted July 9, 2012
Updated July 10, 2012

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— A Raleigh police officer was using the computer in his patrol car last weekend when he lost control and crashed his vehicle into a tree early, according to a report released Monday.

The Raleigh Police Department said the investigation is continuing into the incident, which happened about 3:30 a.m. Saturday as Officer John Black was responding to a high priority call.

Black was driving his marked crusier south on Interstate 440 and took the Wade Avenue exit. He tried to use the mobile computer terminal in the vehicle when he over-corrected on the curve, left the roadway and struck the tree, the report said.

He was taken to WakeMed Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The cruiser sustained damage estimated at $5,000.

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  • jjsmith1973 Jul 13, 2012

    Leo you have no clue what I have and haven't done. I wouldn't ride with you because you just admitted to driving at high speeds distract, just as bad as DWI or texting. @ conservatism it is the same as texting eyes are not on the road. It is worst because this person is traveling at high speed. Also I know for a fact that other officers has said this isn't a need to do while going to the call. After talking to other officers and asking them the question because I never remember them need to use them while going to a call while I road with a program for two years. Try again on your repeated comments that are always the same Leo

  • conservatism lives Jul 12, 2012

    @wawaallen "Well...how about the law that all Law Enforcement Officers try to hide...the one that stipulates that anytime an emergency vehicle is responding to a call and exceeding the speed limit that flashing lights & siren will be displayed. The general statutes are written that way but more often than not the police are exceeding the speed limit without the proper use of their equipment. 10 Dollars to a Donut (no pun intended) says he was not using lights & siren...."

    there are many reasons why they might not use their lights or siren such as it will scare the burglar away, could create further traffic accidents, etc...don't act like you know everything because you can read a statute

  • conservatism lives Jul 12, 2012

    this isnt the same as texting, which i see about half the drivers doing every day, give me a break...

  • conservatism lives Jul 12, 2012

    officers have to use their computers all the time, dispatch does not give you all the information you have to look on the screen...and even use it to put when you arrive, etc, and yes you have to do it while driving...

  • leo-nc Jul 12, 2012

    "There is no reason to need to communicate on that computer while driving"---

    Come ride with me and tell me that. You obviously haven't done the job or been on a ride along so advice from you is like me trying to give advice to a surgeon during a procedure.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 10, 2012

    Yes they do need them...for calls such as in this story...not everything is dispatched over the radio for a reason
    Angry one
    July 10, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    not while driving in their own vechicle to a call. There is no reason to need to communicate on that computer while driving. Even going on stops and warrants were issued on someone stopped for a traffic violation. The dispatch would give a series of beeps on the hand held to let you know it was something that couldn't or shouldn't be communicated in front of the stopped individual. In this case there was no one in the vehicle that the communication needed protection through a computer. NONE. stop excusing something that is a dagerous act and could have hurt someone else.

  • piene2 Jul 10, 2012

    "This isn't about a seatbelt incident and most law enforcement are exempt from the law due to being ambushed and having to exit the car quickly.
    Angry one"

    Oh, so if they smash into another car while speeding around while texting or whatever, their bodies are somehow immune to injury? Do they have magical bodies?

  • johnny2times Jul 10, 2012

    Have seen police on the computers, typing as they are driving, did not seem to be going to a crime .Also saw Sheriff patrol car with the driver/officer NOT wearing a seat belt. I called the Sheriff department and they told me that the Sheriff patrol does not wear seatbelts in case they have to leave the car in a hurry. Anyone know if this is the truth? Sems dangerous to me!

    Desiderata
    July 10, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    This isn't about a seatbelt incident and most law enforcement are exempt from the law due to being ambushed and having to exit the car quickly.

  • johnny2times Jul 10, 2012

    @Angry one, honestly it doesn't really matter what he was doing it was wreckless. Part of my point is the same people on here that scream about the DWI stories and how that person should be put to death, or the guy trying to avoid hitting the bicyclist and accidently hit him get taken to jail, charged and prosecuted. An officer is not above the law, he does not need a computer, I know for a fact that they don't have to have them, use to handle that info over the radio. It was wreckless driving at the least and it is in no way, no matter how you put it. Any different then someone texting, playing with their computer while driving, being tired, impaired. The fact that anyone thinks for a second there is an excuse for this when it is happening more and more is poor, hypocritical thinking, that just reflects the problems with this state.

    jjsmith1973
    July 10, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    Yes they do need them...for calls such as in this story...not everything is dispatched over the radio for a reason

  • johnny2times Jul 10, 2012

    @Angry one, Does me no good if the officer kills himself before he gets there or kills me on his way to another call.

    jjsmith1973
    July 10, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    So what was the point of your ride-a-long anyway? to critize officers? Man up and do their job on a daily basis and stop quarterbacking them.

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