CMPD officer injured after his cruiser hits a utility pole head-on

Police SUV with utility pole on top.
Police SUV with utility pole on top. WBTV

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries on Friday after his patrol SUV struck a utility pole head-on on Central Avenue.

The crash took place at about 5 p.m. in the 2500 block of Central Avenue, which was closed in both directions between Morningside and Landis drives while Duke Energy replaces the pole, police said.

Residents in the area are reporting homes without power.

It was not immediately known how long it would take to replace the pole.

Police aren’t releasing the officer’s name.

They said he was running emergency traffic to a service call when a vehicle in front of him failed to heed the SUV’s siren. The officer veered his SUV to the right to avoid striking the vehicle and a car in the adjoining lane when he struck the pole, police said.

Photographs shot by WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, shows the SUV smashed in the front with the utility pole broken and lying on the cruiser’s top.

David Perlmutt: 704-358-5061, @dperlmutt