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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina police officer was injured when his cruiser was hit by a man who was driving while impaired and fled the scene of the accident. News outlets report Winston-Salem police Cpl. James B. Pleasant was driving his marked patrol car late Sunday and was going through the intersection when someone driving an SUV ran a red light and hit the passenger side of the cruiser. Police say the impact caused a can of pepper spray to burst, and Pleasant was taken to the hospital. The motorist was found near Hanes Mall and charged with driving while impaired.


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