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Leland officer crashes cruiser into tree

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland Police officer crashed his patrol car into a tree this morning while on patrol. Ofc. Andrew Correll was not hurt in he accident, according to the Leland Police Department.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Hardee said Correll was pulling off the road on the ramp from US 17 North to US 74/76 West when it appears his anti-lock breaks failed in the wet grass. Hardee said dash cam video shows Correll had been going 55 to 60 mph on the highway before slowing down to pull over. He says the car hit the tree at 39 mph according to dash cam video.

Sgt. Hardee said the video also showed Correll was not using his in-car computer at the time of the accident, and he does not believe there are any other factors involved aside from a mechanical problem.

Hardee said Correll was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He said in addition to the front end damage to the cruiser, the steering wheel was bent in the collision.

Hardee said the crash is still under investigation, but he does not expect to issue a citation.

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