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A two-vehicle wreck at the corner of Front Avenue and Seventh Street in Bismarck resulted in extensive damage to both vehicles with one being a city police cruiser. Both vehicles required wreckers and were towed from the scene on Thursday. In the photograph above the Chevrolet Camaro SS, left, driven by Edgar Mendoza of Mississippi, was southbound on Seventh Street when he failed to stop at a red light as the police cruiser was westbound on Front Avenue, according to a report by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Two Bismarck police officers were involved in crashes Thursday in south Bismarck.

North Dakota Highway Patrol took reports for both crashes, the first of which was around 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of South Seventh Street and East Front Avenue.

Edgar Mendoza, 24, of Taylorsville, Miss., was southbound on Seventh Street when he reportedly ran the red light and struck the westbound police officer.

Highway Patrol did not name the 33-year-old officer in its report. Mendoza reportedly struck the front of his patrol car. No one was injured. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Mendoza was cited for failing to stop.

Dakota Towing towed both vehicles. The patrol car had "total front end" damage.

About eight hours later, Bismarck Police Officer Josh Dietrich, 28, of Bismarck, reportedly didn't see an oncoming vehicle when he turned north onto South Ninth Street from Bismarck Expressway.

Highway Patrol reported Dietrich saw the vehicle in front of him turn left but did not see the oncoming vehicle, driven by 17-year-old Scott Kaylor, of Bismarck, who had a passenger, 17-year-old Kati Kaufman, of Bismarck.

No one was injured. Everyone was wearing a seatbelt. Both vehicles had front damage.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said the Bismarck Police Department has 35 marked squad cars in its fleet.

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