Officer Cited After Patrol Car Hits Tractor Trailer

This heavily-damaged 2006 Dodge Charger is a police car. The officer was on his way to the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg on Aug. 2nd when he ran off the road, hit this big rig then slammed into a dozen concrete slabs. Southbound traffic on US 421 was diverted for more than an hour as North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated. Story and photo courtesy The Daily Record

An unmarked police Dodge Charger had its front end shredded after the officer ran off US 421 in Harnett County striking a truck and then hitting a pallet of concrete Wednesday morning. Luckily no one was hurt.

Lillington Police Officer Soonaoso Letuli, 42, was issued a failure to reduce speed citation after he nearly rear-ended a 1997 International 9000 Series flatbed semi truck driven by 28-year-old Nicholas Davis of Benson.

Mr. Davis was turning right off US 421 South into the gravel parking lot of Carr Precast Concrete when a unmarked police Dodge Charger behind him ran off the road to the right, struck the front right corner of his truck and ran into a pallet full of concrete blocks. His truck also ran into slabs of concrete.

The Charger was heavily damaged and could be seen leaking fluid onto the ground.

Both of the vehicles were registered and insured. There were no passengers and all involved were wearing seat belts. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Evelyn Campos investigated. Another Lillington Police officer in a separate vehicle was also on the scene.

Officer Letuli has been crucial in making a number of drug arrests in Lillington.  Dunn Daily Record Story