Raleigh officer hospitalized after impaired driver crashes into patrol car, police say


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities say a Raleigh police officer was seriously injured after an impaired driver crashed into his patrol car then fled the scene on foot Friday night.

Just after 10 p.m., an officer was responding to two crashes on the I-87 South ramp to I-40 East in Raleigh when a work van crashed into his patrol car.

The officer was inside his vehicle which was parked with the lights flashing when the crash happened.

The driver of the work van hit the stopped police car from behind at about 50 mph, knocking the police vehicle into the guardrail and causing it to spin around, according to a police report.

Authorities say the driver of the van jumped out and ran away but was apprehended a short time later by another officer responding to the scene.

Emmanuel Eduardo Najera-Pereira in a photo from CCBI

Emmanuel Eduardo Najera-Pereira, 28, has charges that include aggravated serious injury by vehicle, felony hit and run and failure to move over.

The injured officer and the suspect were both transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was also charged with driving while impaired, police said.

The officer who was injured, initially responded to a single vehicle crash after a vehicle hydroplaned and crashed into a guardrail.

The second crashed happened when another vehicle slowed to avoid the first crash and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The driver in the first crash sustained a minor injury and no one was injured in the second crash.

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