Police officer involved in Fayetteville crash

Rescue crews responded to a crash involving a police officer in Fayetteville Wednesday afternoon.
January 15, 2014 7:32:04 PM PST
A Fayetteville police officer is recovering following a bad car crash.

It happened around 3:45 p.m. at Hay and Robeson Streets, where Robeson becomes Bragg Boulevard.

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Officer Garrett Chapman, who is a five-year veteran of the force, was trapped inside his damaged cruiser for a brief time.

The driver of the other car told ABC11 that he swerved to miss a stopped vehicle, and hit the officer.

"I was coming this way with the flow of traffic, and I guess other cars were going that way to work a scene," said driver Robert Bateman. "The guy in front of me hit the brakes and I went out around him, evidently the light was red, and honestly I popped him."

Police say Chapman only had minor injuries.

Bateman was charged with running a red light, and driving without a license.

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