Raleigh police say officer appeared to follow policy in fatal scooter wreck
Posted June 8, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police said Saturday that an officer whose cruiser collided with a scooter earlier this week, killing two men, does not appear to have violated state law by traveling 77 mph in a 35 mph zone.
According to a police report, Maurice Antonio Harden, 20, of 3947 Patriot Ridge Court, was traveling east on Skycrest Drive near Hill Street shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday when he veered into oncoming traffic, hitting officer Jonathan Crews, who was attempting to stop a speeding car.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the collision is still under investigation, but it appears that Crews followed state law, which allows police officers to travel over the posted speed limit when pursuing a speeding vehicle.
Crews had not activated his siren or blue lights, Sughrue said, but department policy states that "the use of blue lights and siren may be excluded when overtaking vehicles for violation of traffic laws."