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Cary police officer crashes patrol vehicle into house

Posted March 11, 2010 5:56 a.m. EST
Updated March 11, 2010 7:42 a.m. EST

— A Cary police officer, who was trying to catch a speeding car, lost control of his patrol vehicle and crashed into a house at 1101 Pond St. around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to police and troopers.

The officer, whose name was not released, was treated at WakeMed and released around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. He has been with the police department for 12 years.

It was unclear if anyone was inside the house at the time of the crash. The Town of Cary's Inspections and Permits Department posted a sign on the house deeming it an "unsafe building."

Authorities said they are not sure if rain-slicked roads were a factor in the crash.

Cary police say the officer was on patrol, running radar to catch speeders. As he turned around to stop a speeding car, investigators say he lost control, drove off the road and hit a house, smashing bricks out of place and damaging the front of his SUV.

The SUV's airbag deployed, the windshield cracked, the front end was crushed and the bumper was strewn on the lawn.

The officer was wearing a seat belt, authorities said. It's unclear when he will return to work. Cary police officials said they are not looking for the vehicle the officer was trying to stop.