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Teacher on paid leave after felony DUI charge, police officer struck by car recovering

Wendy Burnett (Source: CCSO) Wendy Burnett (Source: CCSO)

A North Charleston teacher is facing a felony DUI charge after an accident that sent a North Charleston police officer to the hospital early Saturday morning, authorities have confirmed.

Wendy Burnett was charged in the crash that happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on I-26 near the Aviation Avenue exit, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

Burnett is a teacher at North Charleston High School and has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the case, according to Charleston County School District spokesman Andy Pruitt.

Jones said North Charleston Police Officer Andrew Turner, 32, had initiated a traffic stop on the westbound shoulder of I-26 when the vehicle Burnett was driving struck the back of Turner's car, which then struck him.

Turner was transported to MUSC for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and is recovering, Jones said.

There was no immediate word on his condition. 

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