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Driver Slams Into Belle Meade Police Cruiser

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An officer with the Belle Meade Police Department was forced to jump out of the way of an oncoming vehicle that slammed into her squad car on Thanksgiving.

Officials said the officer was conducting a traffic stop near Harding Pike and Davidson Road around 5 p.m. Thursday when the driver of another car failed to move over and give her room.

The driver struck the back of the police cruiser and narrowly missed hitting the officer.

The cruiser's emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash. The officer was shaken up but was not injured. Her vehicle sustained heavy damage.

Corporal Rachel Toy with Belle Meade Police Department said the officer was fortunate not to be injured.

"It's really important that everybody remembers to obey the move over law. Unfortunately, too many officers have lost their lives due to that precise thing," said Toy.

Officials said the incident remained under investigation. They were working to determine if the driver was under the influence at the time. Toy said an arrest was likely, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The incident happened just a day after a driver slammed into a cruiser from the Metro Nashville Police Department at the intersection of 28th Avenue North and Batavia Street.

Officials said the driver in that incident ran a stop sign and collided with the officer. Two people were inside the car, but neither was hurt.

The officer received minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital as a precaution. He was expected to make a full recovery. 

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