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Trooper involved in crash on Interstate 40

Posted February 15, 2010
Updated February 16, 2010

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— A state Highway Patrol trooper on Monday afternoon was involved in a vehicle crash on Interstate 40, near Lake Wheeler Road, in Raleigh.

Trooper Michael Davidson was sitting in his cruiser on the left shoulder of I-40 East at about 5:40 p.m. when a vehicle approached from the rear.

The vehicle, which veered to the left to avoid hitting another car, struck the cruiser, said Sgt. Jeff Gordon with the Highway Patrol. The impact sent both cars into the median.

Davidson and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Davidson was treated and released.

The name and condition of the passenger vehicle driver was not released.

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  • thepeopleschamp Feb 16, 2010

    "I have clear shots of the LEO's car, tag # and my speed at the time keeping pace with the LEO for over a minute...care to dispute live action?" journey

    Whats the matter, don't like being questioned? Lets play court then; Is your car's speedometer certified correct? Are you RADAR or VASCAR, or LIDAR certified? By whom and when? Exactly what distance did you travel in that minute of "speed measuring" you were doing? How much experience have you had videoing cars speeding while driving yourself? Have you been trained to video cars while driving? All these and more are fair game questions in court. I can't wait to see the answer, but you will not reply because it is after 5:00pm and you are done wasting your employers time for the day.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 16, 2010

    "What is he going to do, pull to the side then pull me over for exactly what he was doing wrong? Good luck with that in court! The defense attorney would have a field day with that officer in court!" journey

    This is as wrong as you can be. It's called "pacing" and it is an accepted procedure by any court, but you wouldn't know that. You do brighten my day with a good laugh, thanks.

  • Journey985 Feb 16, 2010

    Actually anitov, I do post on other stories, the other day I commented on what a great job RPD did chasing the group that robbed the guy in Cameron village. I have no problems praising the law when they do good things. It's LEO's that think they can break the law and escape the consequences for it that makes me upset. As far as my Radar Certificate #, it's called VIDEO...kind of like a dashborad cam in a patrol car! As LEO's are so fond of saying VIDEO does not lie, I have clear shots of the LEO's car, tag # and my speed at the time keeping pace with the LEO for over a minute...care to dispute live action?

  • Journey985 Feb 16, 2010

    Why would you be surprised I was able to follow him so long leo-nc? What is he going to do, pull to the side then pull me over for exactly what he was doing wrong? Good luck with that in court! The defense attorney would have a field day with that officer in court! Not to mention the amount of trouble he would get into for actually BREAKING the law himself. Please, get your head out of your own blue funk and wake up, LEO's are not above the law!

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 16, 2010

    tater, would you please share what general profession you are in? Sales? Robot repair? Comedy? I just want to see if I know as much about your job as you know about a job you have never done.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 16, 2010

    "I watched his speeds reach upwards of 80MPH" journey

    Please supply your RADAR Cert #. What amazes me with the bashers are you never see them comment on articles such as; "Officer Donates Kidney". Lets see what other headlines are on wral right now; a muder arrest, a shooting arrest, arrest for molesting a 3 year old, another murder arrest, and an officer shot. Did you go to those articles and make silly post bashing the police? Even better, why don't you go to the family of the molested 3 year old and tell them how they should hate the police and what the police do.

  • daisy14 Feb 16, 2010

    It never changes, does it? Every time WRAL posts an article that involves LEO's, the haters and wanna-be come crawling out of the woodwork--looking to see who can get the last dig in and pretend to be the most knowledgeable. Guess what. You all look ridiculous! Let the LEO's do their job. Sit back and shut up. If you don't like it, get your college degree in criminal justice and make some changes. Simple as that. It's EASY to sit back and whine and complain about the LAW and the people enforcing it. Pfftt...

  • Tater Salad Returns Feb 16, 2010

    "I find it interesting that you were able to follow him for such a long distance given his speeds. Even more interesting is that at the same time you were speeding, you were videoing him with your cellphone, trying to maneuver that phone to get a picture of him and your speedometer. Now who is the dangerous driver here again?" - leo nc

    I find it interesting that what Journey done is the only way to make other troopers think their brothers in blue actually DO VIOLATE THE LAW AND POLICE PROCEDURE ON A DAILY BASIS. They just simply do not like to be held accountable for their actions. That's why most do not want cameras in their cars. Put GPS and 24 rolling cameras in every police car in this state and the force would shrink to less than half of what it is now. The courts would have more cops on trial than testifying!

  • Tater Salad Returns Feb 16, 2010

    LOL - The fact is leo nc, your posts just don't matter anymore. They are all the same...

    THERE I MADE THAT STATEMENT FACTUAL AND CORRECT!

    Turn a blind eye to trooper misconduct that is happening right next to you to catch a "suspicious" driver 200 yards down the road. Sounds about right for the NCSHP.

    How come NO ONE ever mentions the fact that the internal affairs investigator for the NCSHP was caught falsifying a traffic collision report and never brought up on charges?

  • leo-nc Feb 16, 2010

    I find it interesting that you were able to follow him for such a long distance given his speeds. Even more interesting is that at the same time you were speeding, you were videoing him with your cellphone, trying to maneuver that phone to get a picture of him and your speedometer. Now who is the dangerous driver here again?

    LOL - The fact is Journey, your posts just don't matter anymore. They are all the same...

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