Police officer injured in crash

Officer taken to the hospital after hitting a tree head-on early Friday morning

February 3, 2012 9:05:48 AM PST
A Fayetteville police officer is recovering at the hospital after getting into an early morning wreck.

It happened around 3:50 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Bailey Lake and Strickland Bridge roads near Raeford Road.

Authorities said Officer Donnie Smith was driving a police cruiser to a breaking and entering call when he swerved to avoid another vehicle entering the roadway, ran off the road, and hit a tree head-on.

Smith was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. No one else was injured in the crash.

No charges have been filed in connection with the accident.

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