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Police replace emergency lights after fiery cop car video

Police Chief Larry Pritchett suspects the bar lights on the car may have contributed to the fire.

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Police replace lighting after fiery cop car video
YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. — Youngsville police are replacing emergency bar lights on top of three of their patrol cars, the chief of police told WRAL Wednesday.


Police Chief Larry Pritchett suspects the bar lights on the car may have contributed to the fire. Pritchett said the lights came from Chief Public Safety Equipment and Apparel in Charlotte. A company spokesman had no comment Wednesday afternoon.

On March 10, Officer Howard Crutchfield noticed steam coming from the hood of his patrol car when he returned from writing a ticket, the chief said. When he got in the car, Crutchfield noticed smoke and the car burst into flames before he could get back out.

The video, shot by an unknown person, shows the Dodge Charger going up in flames. “I witnessed this Youngsville cop car burn into ashes,” the person wrote. Crutchfield was unhurt.

Pritchett wouldn’t say for sure the fire was caused by the bar lights, but confirmed his office is in the process of replacing the lights on three cars of the same model.

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