Winston-Salem officer rams wrong-way driver to prevent crash

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Authorities said a Winston-Salem police officer rammed into a wrong-way driver to prevent him from causing a crash.

Police said Rafael Sandoval-Perez was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer north in the southbound lanes of US 52 at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers found the vehicle and followed it from the northbound lanes, trying to get the driver to stop, according to police. The driver allegedly refused to stop and kept driving the wrong way.

Police said the driver hit another vehicle on US 52 south between 28th Street and Akron Drive.

A Winston-Salem officer then entered US 52 south headed north at Akron Drive, according to police.

When the suspect did not stop, the patrol officer rammed the vehicle, causing him to lose control and his vehicle rolled.

The suspect was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with minor injuries. The officers involved and the other driver were not injured.

Sandoval-Perez has been charged with driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude arrest, hit and run, careless and reckless driving, speeding, driving with no operators license, driving with an open container of alcohol and driving the wrong way on a dual lane road.

The suspect was placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond and has court planned for next month.

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