GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police say one of their officers was seriously injured early Friday morning when the officer’s patrol car crashed during a vehicle chase.
According to police, officer EC Clodfelter was pursuing a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on West Wendover Avenue in the vicinity of Spring Garden Street shortly before 1:30 a.m.
The vehicle, driven by 24-year-old Keith Aaron Hammond, crossed the median on West Wendover, returned to the roadway travelling eastbound (the correct direction), and began to accelerate when the officer activated the vehicle’s emergency equipment.
Officer Clodfelter, in a marked patrol car, assumed the pursuit until her vehicle struck a tree in the median by Rollins Street at approximately 1:34 am.
Hammond then began traveling westbound on Wendover Avenue. Guilford County Sherriff’s deputies assisted with the pursuit by deploying stop sticks on Wendover Avenue in the vicinity of Cridland Avenue.
Hammond’s vehicle came to a stop near Battleground Avenue. Greensboro police K9 and patrol units took Hammond into custody after a brief foot pursuit.
Hammond, of 1722 Glenwood Avenue, is charged with driving while impaired, fleeing police and other related charges. He is being held in the Guilford County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.
Officer Clodfelter received serious injuries as a result of the collision, but the injuries are not life-threatening, police said. She remains hospitalized and will undergo surgery later today
The Greensboro Police Department’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is investigating the collision. The department’s Professional Standards Division is conducting an administrative investigation to determine if departmental policies were followed during the incident.