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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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46.

Truth    

DUDE IS DEFINITELY GAAAAY!! THE GAYDAR SHOULD OF GONE UP WAAAY BEFORE THE COP SIREN. #TRUTH!!

886 days ago
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chad redding    

should have yielded for the pedestrian MORON!

886 days ago
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daniel sandoval    

reading rainbow song playing in the back round at the end as the car leaves would be siiiiiick aha

886 days ago
49.

Kiss    

Some new thing needed

886 days ago
50.

dorothy charles banks    

Why does the cop have his hand posed to draw his gun? Burton is not presenting a danger to the cops. And he is not wearing a hoodie.

886 days ago
51.

Regina    

Levar is a class act. Always loved him whatever he did. Celebrities take note!!! This is how you behave in public, not like a jackass on crack.

886 days ago
52.

Matt    

Van Nuys, the Chicken **** Ticket capital. Obviously there are no REAL crimes going on in Los Angeles. Good job chasing down those misdemeanors, guys.

886 days ago
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Boogie     

The COPS were smart this time around they didn't give him that ticket because it would have been thrown out anyway....and the COPS will be paying him now for that car damage because it doesnt matter if he stopped suddenly or not...they still hit him.

886 days ago
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KatyBug    

HAHA The fact that the video link says "Take a look" totally kills me. TMZ, you are so witty.

885 days ago
55.

Shawn    

Umm, the cops hit him because they were following too close don't you think they could have let the moving violation go since they were guilty of one themselves? Holier than thou, huh? That bothers me! They go 75mph to catch up to you to give you a ticket for going a little over the speed limit, see the problem? Doesn't make sense!

885 days ago
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jermaine    

My My mY how far we have come as black Americans...imagine...****a Kinte first...running away for freedome..to reading rainbow..to going in space this man is a legend..he has broken boundaries. im proud of him. lol

884 days ago
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