LeVar Burton Rear-Ended By LAPD [VIDEO]

Fresh from his weekend appearances at Phoenix Comicon, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton was involved in a non-injury traffic accident this morning, with the twist that his Lexus was rear-ended by a police car. TMZ was on the scene and talked to Burton about the incident. Watch that below.


Burton rear ended by LAPD

LeVar Burton was being stopped by the LAPD this morning (for failure to yield to a pedistiran according to TMZ), however he ended up getting rear-ended by the police car. TMZ talked to Burton after the incidenent and he revealed that due to the circumstances the police didn’t give him a ticket. Watch the video below.

Burton also tweeted about the incident

Thanks to Hal for the tip

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May 28, 2012 1:21 pm

Pehaps Garrett Wang was the pedestrian?


The Last Vulcan
May 28, 2012 1:22 pm

No wonder… those rotten implants aren’t working and he left his VISOR on the Ent-D!

May 28, 2012 1:25 pm

Naked Gun 4.0…. Clad you were OK…

Battle-scarred Sciatica
May 28, 2012 1:27 pm

Thats what you get if you let a blind man fly a starship! LOL

May 28, 2012 1:33 pm

Ooops! The policeman took the “Thrusters on full” too seriously!

May 28, 2012 1:36 pm

Could be worse – in Fullerton it would have been tasers on kill……

May 28, 2012 1:54 pm

“You weren’t wearing your 3D glasses?”

Jeeze, civilians are such douchbags. But hey, he was Johnny on the spot.

May 28, 2012 2:00 pm

Glad everyone was ok, And that everyone was in good spirits about it.
But I do have to add that failing to yeild to pedestrians is one of the things that drivers out here in L.A. seem to be the most oblivious to following.

I live littearly 5 mins away from work, so obviously I walk because its so close and i cant tell you how many times, i ve almost gotten hit by motorists who dont slow down and stop at pedestrian cross walks or intersections like they are suppose to.

May 28, 2012 2:02 pm

Welcome to the downfall of America.

People actually care about this crap.

May 28, 2012 2:04 pm

9 he should be glad he was in Burbank, and not in Glendale or Hollywood.
They would have still given him the ticket.(especially in Glendale)
even after hitting his car.

May 28, 2012 2:05 pm

@9. Well, you posted about it, didn’t you?


May 28, 2012 2:17 pm

11 haha that he did

May 28, 2012 2:23 pm

I look forward to the future TrekMovie article “EXCLUSIVE: Zoe Saldana buys new underwear in Victoria’s Secret”.

May 28, 2012 2:47 pm


Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
May 28, 2012 3:46 pm

Look’s like the police forgot to raise there Navigation Shield’s.

Red Dead Ryan
May 28, 2012 3:52 pm


Or maybe Garrett Wang was the cop! :-)

May 28, 2012 3:53 pm

Gawd – he is so nice… even to the irritating reporter…

May 28, 2012 4:03 pm

he had a car accident before lol i hear last year

Bob Mack
May 28, 2012 5:37 pm

#13 – you make it sound like we wouldn’t want to hear about that?!? I hope they also get video on that news-worthy happening.

May 28, 2012 5:50 pm

Sheesh people… sigh.

May 28, 2012 6:09 pm

I do love that he is wearing a reading rainbow tshirt, at the end of his carrer, I think he is going to be more rememberd for Reading Rainbow than he will for TNG, even with him being a big and important part of TNG.

You notice in news storiese that mention him, its Reading Rainbows Levar Burton, not Star Trek TNG actor Levar Burton.
for Levar I think thats personally the thing he probably wants to be most rememberd for anyways, cause of all the help his show gave children over the years in learning to read.

May 28, 2012 6:09 pm

And THIS is why occular implants will never be as good as a visor :)

May 28, 2012 6:10 pm

17 yes he is, I see him at events at work all the time and he is one of the most pleasant people you will ever meet.

May 28, 2012 6:36 pm

@21. Actually, he will probably be best remembered for Roots….Reading Rainbow isa hellva legacy, though.

May 28, 2012 6:47 pm

Surprised Barnes & Noble hasn’t gotten LeVar to do their commercials:
“Take a look, it’s in a Nook!” —eeerrr… gotta love corny jokes. :D

Really though, aside from maybe Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow is probably the best thing public television ever produced. Too bad it’s not on anymore.

Sebastian S.
May 28, 2012 7:26 pm

Hope there wasn’t damage to the secondary anti-matter intake valves, the EPS power conduits, or the primary coolant tanks. No need to eject the core…. ;-)

May 28, 2012 7:29 pm


Hat Rick
May 28, 2012 7:46 pm

Does LeVar wear his Reading Rainbow shirt wherever he goes? I’m just curious.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we found out that he wears his RR shirt every other day, and his TNG shirt the rest of the time?

Red Dead Ryan
May 28, 2012 8:49 pm

LeVar Burton will be remembered equally for “Reading Rainbow”, “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. In interviews that I have watched, the interviewer asks about all three.

In some states they would have arrested him for assault on a police vehicle :-)

May 29, 2012 2:50 am

It’s a Red and Blue Rainbow…

glad LeVar is OK.

May 29, 2012 4:29 am

25. Vultan- RR isn’t on anymore? It was on as recently as a couple years ago when my son was a toddler, and now that my wife and I are expecting #2, I was hoping they would eventually get to enjoy it as well. Perhaps it’s a regional PBS thing?

I know my son enjoyed it immensely (as did I when I was his age!), and I can’t tell you how many boks he wanted to rush out and read after seeing them featured on the show. He especially enjoyed the episode where they visited the set of TNG while Levar was filming; it blew his mind he was on both shows!

May 29, 2012 10:49 am


Your son probably saw some recent reruns. It ended production in 2006. But according to its Wikipedia page (take that with a grain of salt), LeVar Burton is working on a new version of Reading Rainbow:


By the way, congrats on the upcoming baby!

May 29, 2012 1:15 pm

I have deleted some attempts to hijack this into a political/racial fight. I will ban the next person that tries

Keachick - rose pinenut
May 29, 2012 3:30 pm

How could the rather innocuous news account of LeVar Burton failing to give way to a pedestrian and then being rear-ended by a police car who were attempting to pull him up for a violation of traffic laws end up becoming a political/racial fight? Duh

Oh, never mind…

May 29, 2012 7:56 pm

Another Federation shuttle destroyed. Good thing he didn’t serve on Voyager ;)

May 29, 2012 9:06 pm

“At least he’s not Brent Spiner”

Sebastian S.
May 30, 2012 8:03 am

# 38

Glad to see I’m not the only “Fresh Hell” fan here…. ;-)

Sebastian S.
May 30, 2012 8:03 am

Edit: Meant ’37’ oops…. my bad. ;-)

Captain Ransom
May 30, 2012 8:20 pm

Driving a lexus while black – cuff him.


Captain, in this time period people still fought over race. The doctor can make you look white like Michael Jackson.

June 2, 2012 2:29 pm

#40: And yet, you’re the only one who brought race into this. Curious… I think that says more about you than it does anything else…