FIRST ON 3: Brunswick deputy in hospital after 100 mph crash
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We've learned that an off-duty Brunswick County Sheriff's deputy wrecked her brand new 2010 Ford Mustang Wednesday night, reportedly doing 100 mph in a 60 mph speed zone.

Shallotte police say it happened on the US 17 Bypass near NC 130. Investigators say Samantha Lewis was heading south when she lost control of the car, ran off the road into a ditch and rolled some 420 feet. That's almost a football field and a half!

She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The Sheriff's Office says she is recovering and should be fine. Police say the car was totaled.

The state can revoke your license for driving more than 15 mph over the speed limit if you're going faster than 55 mph. You can lose your license for 60 Days for speeding and reckless driving. And it can suspend your license for speeding over 75 mph.

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I just want to know if she has recived punshiment yet or not??? If not, why not??? She cant be trusted to do her job right!!! If this had happened to a plain person... big trouble...she doesnt deserve to be a police officer! Shes a POWERHEAD and it gets her off...almost got her dead! Cant Be Trusted!!!

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CALL LOOKING THE OTHER WAY FOR ANOTHER LEO A (QUOTE) "PROFESSIONAL COURTESY". THIS WAS HEARD FROM THE MOUTH OF A NCSHP TROOPER.

all of this on the fact that an off duty LEO was speeding and nobody has made a comment about the Navassa cop that raped a CHILD, http://www.wwaytv3.com/navassa_cop_faces_more_charges/02/2010

But you go ahead and keep talking about a women, who had it been someone that worked for Wal-mart nobody would have cared. I am not saying what she did was right nor am I saying that it should go unpunished. Im just saying that you should throw the same size stone at one that you would another. A whole lot of talking going on about this and the girl is not even out of the hospital. Also nobody has even thought about the fact that when she gets out and well that she may not even have a career. She had a wreck that involved nobody but her self, yes I know it COULD have been worst. However it was not. let it be and not make it worst for her when she get out. She has to live with this action in her life. This did not effect anyone other then her. let it be?

SOME OF YOU PEOPLE NEED TO GET A LIFE. SHE ALMOST PAID WITH HER LIFE. I TRULY BELIEVE SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE WAS DOING WAS WRONG. WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE HER? MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU SAMANTHA. STAY STRONG!!

Does anyone truely believe that this is being broadcast as a publicity stunt? This girl was driving down the hwy in excess of 100 mph, followed by 2 of her coworkers who WERE on duty! It was fun and games, look how fast I can drive in my new car!! Can you only imagine what went through the minds of the other deputies when they saw her run off the road and flip for 420 ft?? The horror of not knowing how badly she would be hurt or if she would even survive. Can you imagine how sad her family and friends and co-workers would be if she had died? Now... imagine that as she was flipping, her vehicle struck an innocent family that was on their way home... killing them all!! Imagine how their families would feel, imagine her having to live with that the rest of her life. That's what people are trying to say is the concern. She knew better. She took an oath to protect and serve, not put others lives at risk so she could show off! She needs to be held to a higher standard because of that. And the fact that it didn't make the news for several days, is a sign of what's to come. Had it been me, I would have made the morning news the next day.

Thank God she is alive. as long as she is punished the same as a regular citizen would be thats all that matters...bt again thank God she survived that

GUEST 99 HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW FAST SHE WAS GOING IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT SHE WAS GOING 100 IS THAT A FACT? NO AND YOU WEREN'T THERE EITHER.SO YOU CAN'T SAY AND IT IS NOTHING BUT A PUBLICITY STUNT.

First and foremost, I am glad this officer has survived what many people does not. I pray for her continued recovery and wish her well. Now, there are issues with this incident. Whether on duty or not, a sworn officer has no right to be traveling at 100 MPH anywhere, not even when on duty. While I am not a fan of rumors, there seems to be validity in the statements that county officers were following her and possibly racing one another. Some of this information can be checked into by simply pulling 911 radio records and listening to the discussions. Secondly, all officers suspected to be involved should be pulled in an interviewed by internal affairs and also the on scene EMS staff should interviewed as it is also rumor they were given knowledge of something going on prior to the wreck-again that is rumor but should be investigated. The object of this whole ordeal is not to hurt the deputy's reputation but to simply address situations like this should NEVER happen. Public officials including officers are held to a higher standard and should be held accountable to that fact. As far as the investigations goes, it should have already ended without questions- this is a clear case of careless and wreckless and pre-arranged drag racing-based on information being told. There are alot of factors that need to be looked at here including why the officers following here didnt stop it, and other factors. I hope this situation is resolved and folks can learn a lesson here and that when you on or off duty, you remain accountable.

IF PEOPLE WERE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT LIVES THAN WHAT AN INJUSTICE SYSTEM WE HAVE THEY WOULD BE READING THE PAGES FROM CARINGBRIDGES ON SAMANTHA NOT THINGS THEY HAVE READ ON LINE OR ON THE NEWS .EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES DON'T JUDGE AS IT ALWAYS COMES BACK TO BITE YA ,EVERYTHING IN LIFE HAPPENS FOR A REASON ,LETS JUST THANK GOD SHE IS ALIVE AND TALK ABOUT WHAT PRAYERS CAN DO ,WE SHOULD ALL BE PRAYING THAT THIS WAS NOT OUR CHILD AND PRAYING FOR THE LOVED ONES OF SAMANTHA SUCH AS ME********AND HER FAMILY * WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO WE HAVE IN OUR COUNTY THAT DON'T HAVE COMPASSION AND ARE MORE CONCERNED ON WHAT SOMEONE DID INSTEAD OF HOW ARE THEY DOING AND THANKING GOD FOR LETTING HER SURVIVE.I AM NOW PRAYING FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE TO PUT YOUR CONCERN WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE AND THAT IS A HUMAN LIFE****

Yes we have compassion and we are glad that she is alright and on a road to recovery.. But if she would have killed a innocent family on HWY 17 would you still be saying that same thing.. STUPIDITY is what got her in this situation.. To bad they don't hand out "I was stupid" signs..

You are so right these people need prayer. The way the majority of people are commenting on here, we now see where there concerns are and it is sure not the human life!

Her concerns werent with the human life at 100 mph...oh well, shes alive NOW CHARGE HER!!!

Samantha we are praying for you and your recovery! Do not let these comments bother you because all this is, is DIRTY POLITICS! It just shows how low others will go to make people and offices look bad so they can get a person elected. Everybody makes mistakes and we learn from them, come on people show her some positive support instead of the negativity! Let us all be thankful for the job Samantha does and that she is alive to continue serving Brunswick County!

I FOR ONE AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO SOMEONE OF HER CALIBER TO PROTECT AND SERVE. SHE OBVIOUSLY IS VERY IMMATURE AND THOUGHTLESS OF OTHER HUMAN LIVES. HER POOR JUDGEMENT PROVED THAT. "MISTAKE"?????? I SEE STUPIDITY.

"to make people and offices look bad"

They and SHE do a good enough job of making themselves look bad.

"Let us all be thankful for the job Samantha does and that she is alive to continue serving Brunswick County!"

Samantha breaks the law (very stupidly while trashing a brand new car), why should anyone be thankful for her?

Her family can stop posting now.

I DONT THINK I WOULD WANT HER POLICING MY NEIGHBORHOOD LOOK OUT KIDDIES.....

Das weibstuck: and where would you be without officers like samantha, she has more than payed for her mistake and her family has bigger conceres than to post anything on here.

OMG!!! IT'S HARD TO RESPECT SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT RESPECT THEMSELVES OR OTHERS AND SHE CLEARLY DID NOT RESPECT ANYONE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SHE PUT A FEW PEOPLE'S LIVES IN DANGER THAT NIGHT AND COULD HAVE KILLED NOT ONLY HERSELF BUT OTHERS. CALL A SPADE A SPADE AND GET ON WITH IT. WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HER BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS, BUT I BET WE WON'T EVER KNOW THAT.

It's also hard to respect someone who doesn't ever turn the CAPS LOCK off!
Stop "yelling" at everyone and think about what you are saying...Blood Alcohol level??? I haven't seen anything about alcohol...and do you really think that she would have made it up to 100mph if she was drinking???
I bet you could even make it up to 100mph sober, so get off your armchair and go outside get some fresh air and smell the freedom around you.
Police officers help enforce this freedom.

Ok, I cannot see where dirty politics has anything to do with this. That seems like a good excuse. This is not a "Mistake". No person, especially an OFFICER OF THE LAW should traveling at that kind of speed, anywhere or anytime. Pull something else out of your --- because that is plain stupid.

WHERE DOES THIS FALL UNDER DIRTY POLITICS SHE WAS JUST STUPID FOR DRIVING LIKE A IDIOT.SHE SHOULD LOSE HER JOB AND LICENSE..........

WHAT THE STORY DOESN'T TELL YOU IS THAT THE SITUATION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, WHICH MEANS THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN "SWEPT UNDER THE RUG" OR DISMISSED BY ANY MEANS. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT SHEIRFF INGRAM HAS PROVED A FEW TIMES BEFORE THAT CRIMES DO NOT GO UNPUNISHED, ESPECIALLY CONCERNING HIS OWN EMPLOYEES. SO PLEASE BEFORE YOU START TALKING NEGATIVE ABOUT THE BRUNSWICK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND NCSHP, LET SHALLOTTE POLICE DEPT FINISH THEIR INVESTIGATION, WHICH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE NOR THE NCSHP WILL HAVE ANY SAY SO IN THEIR OUTCOME.

This is the first sensible reply that I have read so far. Let the Shallotte PD handle their investigation and see where it goes from there. Then, make a FORMAL complaint if you are not satisfied. After all, she is only human just like you and I.

The funny part with this story is your not hearing about the deputy or deputies who were behind her when she flipped. Its been through the grapevine in the LEO world of Brunswick Co that there were at least one deputy behind her and witnessed her wreck, so if she was going 100mph at night, then that must mean the deputy was speeding in order to have a view of the crash, so I'd about put money on it that she and the other deputy were racing down Hwy 17.

Highway Patrol needs to handle this, not the local PD or SD. This wasn't just a driving down HWY 17 for a midnight drive.. Check her for DWI and investigate into the other deputy or deputies who witnessed it as well..

someone is almost killed in a car wreck, and the first thing you ppl want to know if is she was drunk? are you serious, do you ppl not know anything.... you can rest assured that while tring to save her life, which she almost lost.... that they did a alchol test.
You ppl cant wait for a formal investigation before spreading false statements about this 24 yr old, who is going to have to live with her wreck for the rest of her life, now she will also have to live with the lies that are being spread around about her.

I'm sorry to hear about the deputy who was involved in this crash and hope she has a full recovery. But my issue is, so many deputy's and officers think that since they are LEO they can break the law. I know several LEO officers in Brunswick Co who will drive 20-30 mphs faster in personal cars or trucks and when I have said something to them, the answer is "I'm a cop its ok",but if they clock you at those speeds then they throw the ticket book at us.
I'm sorry that this deputy is going threw alot of recovery from this wreck and maybe it will be a lesson for some of the ones who think they can drive at break neck speed. Just because your a cop doesn't give you the right to break the law yourself nor does it make you a better driver.
Luckily it was late at night and not at a time of a lot of traffic to deal with. These are the types of wrecks that kill the family returning from dinner...
So everyone SLOW DOWN.. Just because you have a cool sports car doesn't mean your invisible.. SLOW DOWN and DRIVE WITH SENSE..

....her accelerator pedal stuck, the brakes quit working and the steering was mushy....

it was a Mustang!

...they all look alike.....

I hope this accident draws some needed attention to local officers that seem to think the common sense laws of the roadways do not apply to them since they wear a badge. The speed limits apply to EVERYONE.