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07/29/04

Police Officer Crashes into Telephone Pole

The officer's vehicle after the wreck. The officer's vehicle after the wreck.

A Savannah-Chatham police officer walked away with very few injuries--amazingly--after crashing his car into a telephone pole overnight. Police say the officer was on his way to an armed robbery when something went very wrong.

"It scared me to death, that time in the morning to hear all that, yes it really scared me," said Sharon English. The wreck happened right in front of her house on Middleground Road, on a stretch that's nearly pitch black at night.

Law enforcement officials say the officer was responding to a 911 call. A woman down the road was being robbed at gunpoint and unfortunately the officer never made it.

"He apparently lost control of his patrol car, struck a tree and several other items along Middleground Road," said police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson.

Fearing the accident was fatal, English says she ran outside to see if there was anything she could do and was relieved when she saw Officer Gregory Atwood climb out of his car.

She also says this busy road is dangerous enough with two lanes, so she fears the worst when it's expanded to four. "If the road were any closer to the house, I just don't want to even think of whether or not the car would have actually gone in the house," she told us.

Still a little rattled from what happened, English says she's glad things didn't turn out worse for the officer or her family.

Police are still trying to get information on the armed robbery. It happened around 3am this morning at an apartment complex on Middleground Road. If you know anything, you're asked to call Savannah-Chatham police or CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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