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A Roanoke Rapids police officer sustained minor cuts and abrasions Tuesday following a crash while attempting to stop an unknown driver who was speeding in the area of West Fourth and Henry streets.

At the time of the crash around 12:30 p.m Chief Bobby Martin said PACE Officer E. Ellington was following up on speeding complaints in the area.

Martin said the driver of the orange Challenger with a black spoiler was exceeding the safe speed limit and running stop signs when Ellington attempted to stop the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle accelerated to get away from the officer, Martin said. Ellington lost control of his cruiser after crossing West Fourth Street railroad tracks. The vehicle went  through a field and landed in a ditch, causing significant damage to the patrol car.

Martin said despite the injuries the officer is doing well.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.