A Charleston police officer who wrecked his patrol car while responding to a burglary Sunday afternoon has been cited for not wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol.
Officer Ian Lundell, 32, ran a red light at Rutledge Avenue and Huger Street and hit another car, according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres. Lundell was listed as contributing to the accident but was not cited because he was acting in the performance of his duties, Beres said. Troopers reported that Lundell was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
State law requires all drivers to wear seat belts. Police officers are required to wear their seat belts, and "corrective actions" are taken if any employee who drives a city-owned vehicle doesn't wear one, police spokesman Charles Francis said.
After investigating the accident, the Highway Patrol cited Lundell for not wearing a seat belt, Beres said Thursday.
It was not immediately clear if Lundell would face any departmental discipline as a result.
"An internal investigation is underway," police spokesman Charles Francis said Thursday. "Based on the internal investigation a determination will be made on corrective action."
Lundell was "acting in the performance of his duties" when his patrol car went through the red light, Beres said. Lundell hit a 2007 Subaru that was northbound on Huger Street, according to troopers. The driver of the Subaru and a 3-year-old passenger both were wearing seat belts and were not hurt, Beres said.
Andy Paras contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.
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