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Woman charged with rear-ending Durham police vehicle

Posted May 15, 2008

— Durham police charged a driver early Thursday after she rear-ended an officer’s patrol vehicle.

Officer C.G. Wolfe was outside his patrol vehicle, investigating a crash, when a 2008 Hyundai driven by 24-year-old Sarah Houston smashed into the back of his 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, police said.

No one was injured, police said. The crash happened on Interstate 40 westbound near (Durham) Chapel Hill Boulevard.

Police charged Houston, of 701 Homestead Road, Apt 801, Chapel Hill, with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


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  • Fuquay Resident May 15, 2008

    It happened on I-40, so you know there was at least one left lane she could have moved over into.

  • davido May 15, 2008

    What's this world coming to when you can't even rear end a police cruiser anymore?

  • Slip Kid May 15, 2008

    68 - LOL

  • 68_polara May 15, 2008

    The move over law is completely unfair considering all the cell phone use while driving these days. How are you supposed to be expected to pay attention enough to avoid such tickets?

  • johnny2times May 15, 2008

    I share this car with this Officer...it happens all the time that no one will move over. Im just glad he was not hurt. She will most likely say she didn't see his car with all the lights on........unreal.

  • mramorak May 15, 2008

    yruatwit,good post!and i say no surprises here.

  • yruatwit May 15, 2008

    Bet you a dollar to a doughnut she was on her cell phone discussing some useless nickle-dime drama. I and a friend recently spent a day conducting my own little research project pertaining to numbers of drivers on cell phones while driving. Of the drivers we observed during various periods of the day, 29 of 36 women were on a cell phone compared to 6 of 28.

  • redwarrior May 15, 2008


    The "Move Over" law. Educate yourselves. Its the law. Even if it wasn't, have a little respect. Would you want someone coming within inches, if youre lucky, of you while on the side of the road?? I think not.

  • redwarrior May 15, 2008


    Ms. Houston, just be glad you didn't kill him. WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING!