Man accused of hitting Raleigh officer’s patrol car while driving impaired has prior DWI charges, court docs show

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Court documents show a man accused of hitting a Raleigh Police Department patrol car has a history of driving while intoxicated.

Emmanuel Eduardo Najera-Pereira in a photo from CCBI

According to prosecutors, 28-year-old Emmanuel Najera was convicted of DWI in 2012 in Johnston County and is currently on probation for a January 2020 DWI conviction.

Raleigh police say Officer B.S. Beausoleil was in his police vehicle while responding to two crashes on the Interstate-87 south ramp to Interstate-40 east when Najera veered into the shoulder and hit the back of the officer’s squad car at more than 50 mph.

Beausoleil was hospitalized with neck and back injuries along with several cuts and bruises. He was treated at the hospital and has since been released, according to a Raleigh police spokeswoman.

Police said Najera fled the scene after the accident but was soon apprehended.

When Najera was taken into custody, cocaine and marijuana were found in his possession, and he reportedly had a 0.2 BAC on a field sobriety test.

A Wake County judge raised Najera’s bond from $75,000 to $250,000 due to Najera’s history of drunk driving, evidence of flight presented, and overall dangerousness to the public.

Najera is expected back in court October 5.

CBS 17 reached out to Raleigh Police to get an update on Beausoleil’s condition but have not received a response.

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