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Vertical police cruiser photo explained

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Many people are wondering how a police cruiser ended up against a power pole Monday night.

Chopper 5 captured images of the police cruiser after it crashed into a sign for Dr. Lester Basken, hit a guide wire, rode up the wire, and stayed there. The accident made all the ingredients for a photo that became the talk of the town.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong was in a meeting when an e-mail showed up in his inbox.

"And on that e-mail there is a picture of a car going halfway up a pole," he said. "So every time that you get to a point in this job where you say, 'I've seen absolutely everything. There is nothing that could shock or surprise me,' you get something that shocks and surprises you."

MPD identifies the officer who was driving the car as Jonathan Bond.

Bond says he saw a driver without a seatbelt and turned around to pull him over. He ended up losing control of his cruiser, hit a guide wire, and wound up nearly vertical against the utility pole.

Neither Bond nor anyone else got hurt, but police cited the officer for failure to maintain control and hitting a fixed object.

Armstrong says Bond has a clean driving record and personnel file but he will face administrative charges for the crash.

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