CMPD officer, two others seriously injured in head-on crash, driver charged with DWI

Updated: Jul. 21, 2020 at 4:45 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A driver has been charged with DWI after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was one of several people seriously injured in a head-on crash in northwest Charlotte Tuesday morning.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. off Freedom Drive near Toddville Road.

According to an officer, a vehicle was traveling down the wrong side of the road when the crash happened and impairment is suspected.

When officers arrived, they located a vehicle and a marked police vehicle involved in the crash. 

The officer and two people in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

The preliminary investigation has shown Officer Lindsey Stapleton was headed north on Toddville Road when the driver of the other vehicle, who was travelling south, crossed the center line and entered the north lane. 

Officer Stapleton was unable to avoid a crash and was struck head-on. 

At the time of the crash, Officer Stapleton was on-duty patrolling the area and was not using her emergency equipment. 

The driver of the other vehicle, 34-year-old Rayford Charles Robinson Jr., was evaluated and officers say impairment is suspected to be a contributing factor for the crash. Reckless and wrong-way driving are additional factors to this crash. 

Robinson has been charged with driving while impaired, and active warrants for two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle which will be served on Robinson when he is released from the hospital.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about this case is asked to call detectives.The public can also leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or

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