A Smithfield police officer escaped injury after crashing his patrol car into a light pole while responding to an armed robbery at Domino’s Pizza around midnight Sunday.
Officer W.T. Faircloth was conducting a building check at Deacon Jones Auto Park at 1115 North Brightleaf Boulevard when he was dispatched to the robbery about three blocks away.
As Officer Faircloth turned his 2011 Dodge patrol car around in the parking lot to proceed towards the robbery his cruiser collided head on with a light pole in the parking lot of Deacon Jones Auto Park.
According to an accident report, the policeman was traveling at 15mph at the time he struck the utility pole.
Officer Faircloth was not injured. Damage to the patrol car was estimated at $2,000. Damage to the light pole was placed at $400.
No charges were filed by Lt. T.W. West who investigated the crash.