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Police car involved in crash

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Lincolnton police cruiser has sustained significant damage following a crash Friday afternoon at an area four-way stop, sending an officer and two other individuals to the hospital, Police Chief Rodney Jordan said.
A 2000 Ford Focus collided with Officer Willie Vaughn’s patrol vehicle between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the intersection of Sycamore Street and Laurel Street in Lincolnton, according to Trooper Kyle Adkins with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The driver of the passenger vehicle, Mildred DePena, 49, ran a stop sign traveling at 25 mph, troopers said.
Officers charged the woman with failure to yield the right away.
Guisselle Contreras, who was riding in the vehicle with DePena, suffered a broken nose in the incident, Adkins said.
While no one appeared to have sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash, all three parties were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for observation, Adkins told the Times-News.
Troopers have ruled out drugs and alcohol as factors in the crash.

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