A Murfreesboro police officer could face disciplinary action for not wearing a safety belt during a Friday crash that resulted in injuries to him and another driver.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report indicates Officer Frank Hernandez wasn't wearing his seatbelt when he was involved in a crash with Murfreesboro resident Khamphan Phanthala, who the THP report indicates was at fault in the crash.

Phanthala was driving her 1992 Nissan Maxima north on South Academy Street and failed to stop at a stop sign, entering the path of Hernandez's Murfreesboro Police Department-issued Ford Crown Victoria as he drove east on Vine Street, according to THP Trooper Rick Jones.

Hernandez T-boned Phanthala's vehicle, sending her into a utility pole and a fire hydrant, according to the THP report.

Source: Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

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