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Raleigh Police: Bike Wobbled Before Fatal Wreck

Posted September 12, 2002 11:58 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police have released new information about a motorcycle patrol officer who was killed Tuesday while pursuing a speeding vehicle.

Police said Officer Charles Radford Paul III was traveling 85 miles per hour when his front wheel began to wobble on the Beltline.

Police said the wobble might have been caused by the draft created by a passing tractor-trailer.

Police chief Jane Perlov said the department is reviewing its procedures in connection with the crash. The motorcycles are being inspected as well.

Police are still looking for a burgundy car, possibly a Toyota, that's believed to be the speeding vehicle.

Visitation for Officer Paul will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harold Poole Funeral Home, 944 Old Knight Road, in Knightdale.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Knightdale.