A motorist traveling at a constant velocity of 20 m/s passes a school-crossing corner where the speed limit is 10 m/s (about 22 mi/h). A police officer on a motorcycle stopped at the corner starts off in pursuit with constant acceleration of 2.5 m/s2. What is the total distance the officer has traveled at the point he catches the motorist?
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