HIGH POINT, N.C. — Authorities said a High Point police officer was injured after his patrol car crashed into the guardrail of a bridge and caught fire.
Police said Officer A.D. Dyles was headed south on US 29/70 when his police car went off the road around 6:15 a.m. Saturday.
The patrol car struck a concrete guardrail on a bridge over South Main Street and became fully engaged in flames, according to police.
The officer was able to escape with only minor injuries and was treated and released from High Point Regional Hospital, police said.
Debris from the guardrail broke the windshield of an SUV passing under the bridge, according to police. No injuries were reported in that incident.
Police said the officer was not on a call at the time and was headed home after finishing an overnight shift.
High Point police said they’re still investigating, but it appears the crash happened after the officer briefly fell asleep at the wheel. The patrol car appears to be a total loss.