DURHAM — Police charged a man with driving while impaired Tuesday night after they say his SUV hit a police cruiser, knocking it off the road and injuring an officer and his canine partner.
Jashua Duke Davis, 20, of Durham was driving a 1998 Dodge Durango that hit the back of Officer J.K. Meade’s Ford cruiser about 8:45 p.m. on Holloway Street near Clayton Road, according to police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
The impact pushed the police car off the street, through a fence and into a tree, Michael said. People who saw the crash stayed with Meade while others followed the Durango, she said.
Officers found Davis about a mile away on Holloway Street, according to Michael.
Meade was treated at a hospital and released. His partner, Cedros, was treated at an emergency veterinarian and released, she said.
Davis was taken to a hospital for treatment as well.
Michael said both vehicles were considered total losses.