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LeVar Burton

'Reading Rainbow' Host Rear-Ended by a Cop Car

5/28/2012 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0528_levar_burton_police_TMZLeVar Burton had a double whammy of a day with the cops today ... literally -- not only did he get pulled over for a moving violation, he got rear-ended by a cop car as he was pulling over!

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the legendary "Reading Rainbow" host was spotted by cops failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Van Nuys, CA ... so they signaled him to pull over.

We're told as Burton pulled to the side of the road, he stopped suddenly ... causing the cop car to hit him from behind. Law enforcement sources tell us the damage was just to one corner of Burton's car and it wasn't too severe.

0528_ipad_levar_burton_police_TMZ2_subassetThe story gets better for two reasons -- 1) Burton got out of the car and was actually wearing a "Reading Rainbow" shirt and 2) the cops didn't give him the original ticket. 

LeVar was in good spirits after the accident, telling our photog that accidents happen and the whole incident was "just one of those things."

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Northerner    

now i wonder who is paying for the damage to the cars? levar for stopping quick or the cops for not staying in control of their car??

689 days ago
17.

Seriously wtf    

Did the cop give himself a ticket for following too close???

689 days ago
18.

janet    

Notice Harveys/tmz water mark on the photo. Cop hand on his gun other cop like whatever. Just don't sue us.

689 days ago
19.

Cheryl A.    

The cops pull him over then it's HIS fault because he stopped too soon? WTF? Didn't they expect him to stop? He should sue to police force for their stupidity and to repair the damage to his car, no matter how minor.

689 days ago
20.

campy    

"I can go anywhereeeeeeeeee. Just take a look, it's in a book, on reading rainbow" lol

689 days ago
21.

Gretel    

I am not sure why this is news but since TMZ deems it as such I am going to give a big shout out to Levar for being a gentleman and being clean and sober and Reading Rainbow rocks!

689 days ago
22.

Becky    

And if he had accidentally rear ended the cop car trying to pull over he would probably be pinned to the ground and maced.

689 days ago
23.

honeypie412    

Did anybody else notice that this happened in front of a place called "Smart Stop"? Not so smart actually.

689 days ago
24.

shaheem    

Usually when a police hits a black mans car from the back it's usually during a speed chase. I'm happy no one was hurt.

689 days ago
25.

Scot    

Really? LeVar Burton drives an ugly little econo-box? I would have expected something a bit better. I guess Star Fleet Officers don't make as much as I thought.

689 days ago
26.

Mazor    

You are supposed to leave enough distance that the car in front of you CAN stop suddenly. Otherwise you are breaking the law.

I love this story.

689 days ago
27.

cekeste    

I love him.

689 days ago
28.

News Flash     

Maybe he's reading them a children's novel.

689 days ago
29.

anonymouse    

His career really has plummetted if he was in Van Nuys.

689 days ago
30.

Jen    

is other car is a spaceship! Full stop!

689 days ago
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