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Durham officer charged in wreck

Posted December 7, 2010 12:47 p.m. EST

— A Durham police officer was charged Tuesday with running a red light following a collision with another car, police said.

Officer L.A. Harvey was responding to a report of a breaking and entering in progress on Washington Street at about 8:20 a.m. when his patrol car hit the driver's door of a 1993 Cadillac on Roxboro Road at the access road to Interstate 85, police said.

Harvey's patrol car had its blue lights and siren on at the time of the collision, police said.

The driver of the Cadillac, Avery Hunt of Durham, was charged with driving with a revoked license, having no insurance, using a fictitious registration and having an unregistered vehicle, police said.

Paramedics checked both drivers at the scene, and neither was taken to the hospital. Both vehicles sustained significant damage, police said.

The incident was the second time in the last week that an on-duty Durham officer was charged in connection with a wreck.

Last Thursday, Officer Kevin A. Stewart was charged with driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The charges stemmed from a rear-end collision on Fayetteville Street.

Stewart was fired on Friday.