A police cruiser was T-boned by another vehicle while responding to a motorcycle accident, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, earlier this month.
The video shows officer Julie Kelleher driving a 2014 Ford Explorer on Sixth Avenue, with the emergency lights and siren on, traveling at 79mph (127km/h), reports WJACTV.
Just as she approached the intersection with Eighth Street, the officer ran a red light and didn’t slow down to make sure that it was clear, moments before a 2009 Pontiac struck it and made it flip over. During the accident, Kelleher sustained minor injuries.
The initial police report said that the Pontiac driver, identified as 27-year old John McConnell, entered the intersection just as the light turned yellow. McConnell and his attorney denied it, however, and requested the dashcam footage of the incident from the Altoona Police Department.
Their initial request was denied, though, and the police only made it public when the Altoona Mayor, Matt Pacifico, contacted them to do so, to “ensure that our city demonstrates transparency and openness”. The footage shows clearly that the patrol officer run a red light, vindicating McConnell and proving that the initial police report was false.