Officer who crashed responding to call that turned out to be hoax

Officer has minor injuries after crash
Source: Erica Koenegstein
Source: Erica Koenegstein
Source: Erica Koenegstein
Source: Erica Koenegstein

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A police officer is recovering after crashing his police cruiser into a Cape Girardeau County home late Sunday evening.

The officer, a member of the special response team, was responding to a call to assist the Jackson Police Department for a report of a homicide, according to Sgt. Adam Glueck with the Cape Girardeau Police Department. However, that call turned out to be a prank call.

Investigators said the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. at a home on Hwy. 25 just south of Jackson. The officer involved says he lost control of his vehicle on a curve. 

No one was living in the home at the time. A couple is in the process of buying the home from a family member.

According to the couple, the officer ran off the Hwy. 25 and into the house. As it happened, the cruiser also hit a gas line, causing a gas leak.

The police officer did not go to the hospital, and only suffered minor injuries.

People on the scene say police officers were going door to door, to warn neighbors about the gas leak, as utility crews worked to get the leak under control.

Residents in the area report their gas was shut off in the morning.

Crews pulled the car out of the building around 12:45 a.m. 

Damage seems to mostly be concentrated to the home's garage/carport.

The crash is being investigated by the Jackson Police Department. The Cape Girardeau Police Department is also conducting its own investigation.

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