CARTERET COUNTY - The Highway Patrol said no charges will be filed in a two-vehicle wreck involving a police car in Carteret County.
Investigators said the wreck happened at about 5:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of N.C. 58 and N.C. 24 just before the bridge to Emerald Isle.
According to troopers, an Emerald Isle police officer was responding to a mutual aid call regarding a fight at the Atlantic Beach Circle. She was driving 25 mph through the intersection of Highways 58 and 24. Her lights and sirens were on.
But another vehicle at the intersection crashed into the side of the police car. Two other vehicles stopped at a red light were also involved, but no one was injured, troopers said.
Investigators said the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the police car had a green light. It also appeared that the driver's view was obstructed by other cars in the neighboring turn lane. As a result, she will not be charged, troopers said.
The police officer will also not be charged. But troopers said it's every officer's responsibility to check intersections thoroughly, even if lights and sirens are on.
A two-vehicle wreck involving a police car in Carteret County sent two people to a hospital.
The Highway Patrol said the wreck happened at about 5:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of N.C. 58 and N.C. 24 just before the bridge to Emerald Isle.
The police officer was responding to a call in Emerald Isle, said Town Manager Frank Rush. As she was turning onto Highway 58 to go onto the bridge, her patrol car was t-boned by another vehicle heading eastbound, Rush said.
The police car's lights and sirens were on when the wreck happened, said Rush.
Both the police officer and the driver were taken to Carteret General Hospital, Rush said. They were released Monday evening.
There is no word on the identities of those involved or whether charges will be filed.
Rush said the officer is a reserve officer with the Emerald Isle Police Department, and has been working there for two years.
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