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Macon police: No cause yet for officer’s wreck

The Macon police officer injured in a car crash Monday is in stable condition in a local hospital, as are the two occupants of the vehicle that struck his patrol car.

Officer Danny Roberson, 24, was traveling westbound on Mercer University Drive about 10:45 p.m., when an eastbound Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Michael Antonio Snipes, 51, turned left toward Grosso Avenue, according to an accident report. The Caravan and patrol car collided.

Roberson, Snipes and the passenger in the Caravan, Gerald Gooden, are all in stable condition at an undisclosed local hospital, said police Sgt. Melanie Hofmann on Thursday afternoon.

The investigation into the cause of the wreck still is ongoing.

After the incident, Roberson told officers that he saw the other vehicle in front of him and applied heavy pressure to the brakes and turned the steering wheel hard to the right. He felt the car slide and then he “blacked out,” according to the accident report.

Snipes said he accelerated in an attempt to avoid the patrol car, but doesn’t remember anything else, according to the report.Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report.

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