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Va. police officer crashes into vacant house

The officer was in pursuit of a vehicle "engaged in suspicious activity" on Sunday when he lost control of his cruiser and crashed into the vacant house

By Amanda Codispoti
The Roanoke Times

ROANOKE, Va. — The Roanoke police officer was still inside his cruiser, smashed into the corner of a vacant house, when flames erupted from the engine compartment. From across the street, another officer ran toward the flaming, smoking cruiser and called for backup.

"It's one of ours! It's one of ours!" nearby resident Patrice Lee heard the officer yelling into his police radio. He helped the injured officer out of the cruiser. Lee couldn't see how the officers then made it to safety because the smoke was so thick, she said. Then, the officer used a fire extinguisher to subdue the flames.

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