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Update: Leland officer ‘failed to yield’ at red light prior to crash, $20,000 in damage

A Leland police vehicle was involved in a collision this week. (Port City Daily photo / Contributed)
A Leland police vehicle was involved in a collision last week; the vehicle had its emergency lights on but failed to yield for a red light. (Port City Daily photo / Contributed)

The Leland Police Department vehicle and the car it struck each sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage.

LELAND — A Leland Police Department cruiser ran a red light with its emergency lights on, striking a passenger vehicle with the right of way, according to a report from the State Highway Patrol.

On Thursday, May 16, Leland Police Officer Kameron Oneal Williams was driving west on Village Road at 4:26 p.m. According to an incident report filed by the State Highway Patrol (SHP), Williams was driving with his emergency lights on, traveling at about 45 miles per hour, and failed to yield for a red light signal at the intersection where Village Road crosses South Navassa and Old Fayetteville roads.

At the same time, a white Infiniti sedan entered the intersection with a green light, heading south. Officer Williams’ Dodge Charger struck front left of the Infitini, after which both vehicles came to a stop in the intersection.

According to the SHP report, both vehicles sustained around $10,000 in damage. Neither vehicles were driveable after the crash and were towed to separate facilities. Officer Williams was treated at the scene, one person from the Infiniti was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center was apparently minor injuries.

The Leland police vehicle at what appears to be the white Infiniti sedan that was struck in the intersection. (Contributed photo.)
The Leland police vehicle at what appears to be the white Infiniti sedan that was struck in the intersection. (Contributed photo.)

Leland Police Department and Town of Leland representatives have not yet responded to request for comment sent Thursday morning, including questions about what incident the police vehicle was responding to (that is, why it’s emergency lights were activated). This article will be updated if and when Leland responds.


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