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Winston-Salem police car involved in crash

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police car was involved in a crash Wednesday morning, according to a press release.

The crash, which involved an Audi driven by 38-year-old Tina Lyell Spurgeon of Winston-Salem, happened at about 9 a.m. at the intersection of Peters Creek Parkways and Academy Street. There was heavy front-end damage to the police cruiser and significant damage to the Audi.

The police cruiser, a Dodge Charger, was driven by Officer J. W. Guest, a police officer of four years. The police car was traveling eastbound on Academy Street, responding to an emergency call for service with its emergency lights and siren activated. The Audi was traveling northbound on Peters Creek Parkway.

The police car momentarily stopped at the intersection of Peters Creek before entering into the intersection with its emergency lights and siren still activated.  Moments later, both vehicles collided in the intersection.

Officer Guest was taken to Forsyth Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and Spurgeon was taken to WFU Baptist Medical for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is still in the early stages, according to the press release, but neither excessive speed nor alcohol seems to be factors in this collision.  The Winston-Salem Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation.

The Winston-Salem Police Department requests that anyone with information regarding this incident contact CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.