Police car damaged in crash

RALEIGH An officer had his patrol car stopped on I-40 near Rock Quarry Road with his emergency lights flashing to allow a wrecker to move a vehicle from another collision.

That's when investigators say a Mercury driven by 53-year-old Beverly Coppin smashed into the back of the police car and pushed it into a tree. The officer wasn't inside the car at the time and was not hurt.

Coppin was charged with failure to reduce speed.

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