FIRST ON 3: Brunswick deputy in hospital after 100 mph crash


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Submitted: Mon, 02/22/2010 - 10:58pm
Updated: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:32pm
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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.

64 Comments

  • Guest991/2 says:

    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.

  • Guest123456789 says:

    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.

  • Guest123 says:

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

  • Guestmom says:

    It doesn’t apply to law enforcement because they are CONSTANTELY speeding past me on the highway, going at least 80, no sirens or lights, just because they can. If , as others have stated, it is not “just because they can”, they why?? I have witnessed so many times, so many law enforcement officers breaking the law it isn’t even funny, but, what are we to do?

  • Guest923 says:

    If this is true then the highway patrol needs to step in. This is uncalled for and just plain stupid. I know she is in the hospital but I’m glad the media got a hold of it because it does need attention. She and the other deputies could have killed someone. She should lose her license but she won’t because the DA will make a plea and Ingram won’t fire her because of the plea. Watch and see if he will talk to the media about the other deputies involved. It’s an election year….

  • Guest12 says:

    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

  • Anonymous says:

    I think they should take her license and suspend her!!! Cops think they can do ANYTHING and get away with it!!!! She should be lucky shes not DEAD and for that matter killed someone else. Driving like a maniac because they think they can. Law enforcement should get stiffer penalties beacause they SHOULD know better.

  • Guest1256 says:

    WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS SHE THINKING???? CAN WE SAY DUH….. I DONT THINK HER NAME IS DANINIKA…..DONT THEY KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG SINCE THEY
    ARE IN THE SHERRIFFS DEPT.AND THE SHERRIFFS OFFICE WE CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING? POOR JUDGEMENT TO ALL THAT SEEN HER THAT NIGHT. NCSHP AND SHERRIFFS OFFICE…

  • Brunswickcitizen says:

    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.

  • QuietOne says:

    Thank God she survived this wreck and is improving. I pray for her, her family and her fellow deputies.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    driving a POV or a county vehicle? You see all types of vehicles being driven now by the Law.

    Not so recently, I have seen State and local law officers driving 5 liter Mustangs.

  • js says:

    Well, let’s see if the high sheriff steps up to the plate and does the right thing. Just because she is a deputy does not mean she should be treated any more different than anyone else in the world.
    Charges should be filed in this case and carried out to the fullest. She knows better, just because she was enjoying her car and breaking the law is no excuse for letting her off the hook.

  • guest92222 says:

    I am just curious to see when it comes out she was racing against 2 on duty deputies if it will be swept under the rug like the previous administration would have done….. or since its LEO they can look the other way and say nothings wrong with this.

  • Guest123 says:

    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.

  • Guest461 says:

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

  • Guest1043 says:

    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..

  • GuestBaker211 says:

    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..

  • Guest12 says:

    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.

  • Hope101 says:

    it was a Mustang!

  • Justthefactsplease says:

    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.

  • brenda lombardi says:

    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****

  • Guest1022 says:

    Then this deputy must have missed her driver training.

  • Guest12 says:

    NOT TRYING TO TAKE UP FOR THEM OR ANYTHING, BUT THEY DO HAVE REASON TO TRAVEL AT THAT SPEED WITHOUT LIGHTS AND SIRENS SOEMTIMES. I DO KNOW THAT SOME OF THE DO IT WITHOUT A REASON, HOWEVER THERE ARE SOME SITUATIONS THAT THEY NEED TO GET TO QUICKLY THAT DO NOT REQUIRE LIGHTS AND SIRENS. DOMESTIC SITUATIONS BEING THE MOST POPULAR. SO JUST THINK NEXT TIME WHEN YOU SEE ONE OF THEM SPEEDING THAT IF IT WERE YOU THAT WERE GETTING BEAT UP HOW FAST YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO GET THERE. THEY ARE SPECIALLY TRAINED IN DEFENSIVE DRIVING TO DRIVE AT THOSE SPEEDS WHERE AS REGULAR DRIVERS ARE NOT. AGAIN, I DO REALIZE THAT SOME OF THEM SPEED JUST TO BE DOING IT WHICH GIVES THE REST OF THEM A BAD NAME

  • Guest123456 says:

    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!

  • Guest23 says:

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

  • Guest199 says:

    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.

  • Guest88888 says:

    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!

  • Guest12358 says:

    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..

  • Guest99 says:

    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.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    “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.

  • Guest461 says:

    …they all look alike…..

  • Well says:

    If there is an emergency situation that they are responding to, such as a domestic disturbance, they should use their lights and sirens. They would get there faster with them since people would know to get out of their way and the LEO wouldn’t be risking innocent poeple because they didn’t feel that the situation they were responding to warrented using the siren. There is a reason the cars have them….. Try telling people who have lost loved ones to wrecks caused by speeding officers without sirens that some situations don’t “require lights and sirens”.
    Besides, being trained in defensive driving isn’t a replacement for common sense!

  • Guest0507 says:

    So what I got from your post is that you are that 1 good person out there that has never found yourself speeding to reach a destination?

  • Joe The Plumber says:

    Before we pass judgement we should all remember one fact. 56mph is speeding and 54mph is impeding. The law is the law. One or one hundred, it is all the same.

  • usually quite says:

    You could not be more mistaken! There is no excuse for driving any vehicle faster than other drivers would expect to have to deal with on the road.
    The reason these power hungry, semi trained, military rejects drive so fast, is just to increase they’re feeling of superiority over us common folk.
    They have convinced there selves that they are so superior to the rest of us that they can drive like maniacs for no reason.
    If there is a legitimate reason to travel at speeds above the speed of most general traffic, the lights and warning signals must be used so that us expendable “civilians” can get out of the way.
    What ever happened to “Protect and Serve”. It seems to have turned into hassle and Abuse”

  • Guest2024 says:

    Actually sounds like you’re putting words into someones mouth.

  • Guest9000 says:

    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!!

  • Guest69 says:

    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.

  • Guest410 says:

    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?

  • FED UP says:

    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.

  • Guest585858 says:

    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.

  • Guest0000011122 says:

    First lets hope she has a fast recovery. now until you drive lights and sirens you have no idea. My address is to the “get there faster.” proven fact you will only arrive 10-30 seconds faster driving with lights and sirens on. Why you may ask, because people see the lights and do many things, most of which are wrong. slamming on your brakes, not slowing down, not pulling over, trying to outrun them…these are all wrong. many people panic when they see emergency lights. they do not signal they are pulling over, slow down and pull off to the side of the roadway. even more often the person behind someone doing the correct thing end up swerving around them oblivious that a vehicle is behind them with lights and sirens on.

  • GuestIcy says:

    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!!!

  • Guest911 says:

    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.

  • GuestOh Well says:

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

  • Guest221 says:

    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.

  • Local111111111111 says:

    There are definetly cases where lights and siren are not safe to use while responding. If there is an armed robbery or a bank robbery alarm it is not safe to utilize lights.sirens in responding. The reason is if the offender is still on scene and hears the sirens then it could turn into a hostage situation or cause loss of life. I am in no way saying that the Officers/Deputy’s/Patrolman that do exceed safe speeds “because they think they can” are right but don’t throw everyone in the same group. There are times it is the safest option in responding to certain emergencies. In response to the comment that how many families have been killed by officers not operating lights/siren. Well in contrast how many Officers have ben killed by people not paying attention for lights/siren and refuse to get out of the way, because they are on cellphones, blackberrys putting on makeup shaving ect…Everyone want to cast stones at the LEO and yes they do make mistakes but its not always a Cops fault.

  • Grand Old Party says:

    Seems to me they are missing the part where you witnessed the whole thing, big detail missing. So step forward and tell them all about it, or are you just spreading gossip?? Do you idiot’s have nothing better to do then sit around and spread rumors? I guess not. I am sure she will be held to the same standards as everyone else. Until then stop crying. Get off your daddy’s laptop and go find a job.

  • Guest2602hb says:

    there are some details missing here like the other on duty deputies that were present when all this happend.

  • Grand Old Party says:

    It says she was off duty in HER brand new car. Not the county’s brand new car. What does “Did that check her for a dwi?” mean? Did you even see high school? Wow our tax dollars at work….

  • NO NAME says:

    SHE WAS OFF DUTY IN HER PATROL CAR… SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW….DID THAT CHECK HER FOR A DWI? WAS SHE TESTED FOR ANYTHING… IF SHE WAS OFF DUTY WHY WAS SHE DRIVING THE CAR… TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

  • madasheck says:

    This has always been a beef with me. Law enforcement officers on and off duty speeding with no worries about getting in trouble. Everyone of us have seen state highway patrol cars not only speeding but flying down the road. I know why they do this. “it’s because they can”. My suggestion is that when we see a law enforement officer speeding with no lights flashing, call 911 and report them. Pretty soon they will get tired of fielding complaints about speeding lawmen.

  • Guest123 says:

    i don’t think they do it “just because they can”, while on duty HP needs to be ready, they run the highways and need to be able to get from point A to B, let’s not forget they are the Governors army, so to speak. They are highly qualified, deputies on the other hand, not so much. However the law is the law.

  • guesty says:

    If it is proven by pulling data from the cars “black box” that she was going that fast I hope her insurance company refuses to pay for the car. I notice the story doesn’t say if the highway patrol was called or if any ticket was issued.

  • My2cents says:

    Who cares who she worked for? I bet if she worked some other job like say the water company, the title would read something like “Brunswick County woman involved in high speed crash.” Once again it seems to me that someone is trying to put a black eye on law enforcement officers by coming up with that title. It seems like most hate them (law enforcement) until they need them. I just don’t get it. Before someone thinks i’m a cop, I am not. I just respect them and what they do

  • Guest913326 says:

    Yes, it would read different. Law officers are held to a higher standard and they are put forth to set examples for the community and to help keep our communities safe. That is a responsibility they took on when they chose their career. This shows a lack of maturity, thought, and respect for other drivers on the road. I pray for her healthy recovery, but their constant abuse of power should be brought to light.

  • Guest1111111 says:

    I think that the news should be more worried about if she is doing ok and recovering from all of her injuries instead of trying to advertise that she was doing 100 mph and could get her license revoked. She is still in the hospital and I am sure this is the last thing she wants to hear when she turns on the TV. How about we try and be a little bit more considerate and thankful she is doing well!!

  • CitizenOnPatrol says:

    I TOTALLY disagree with your comment. BUT, yes, we and WWAY, hope and pray she does well. The news is about REPORTING local news and NOT hiding the facts…Now, what if this ignorant person would have hit an innocent traveler. Then what ???

  • Guest 2 says:

    Only 100 mph, well that’s only about 20 mph faster than most of the deputys and troopers drive on a regular basis in Brunswick County and that is normal driving with no flashing lights or sirens. Imagine how fast they drive when the lights are flashing.

  • Guest333333333 says:

    first of all this young lady took a sworn oath to uphold the law not to violate it with willful and blatent diregard what would happen to anyone else who tried to pass two officers on the right at 100 mph and why has she not been charged thats the questions that law abideing citizens should be asking

  • darkkarnie says:

    Most of us do have a job and I personally get to see every day the on duty cops that go 80-90 mph on a routine basis that do not care about anyones safety, but they do care to get to breakfast or to go to there little sit downs with the other Brunsco Patrolmen. I once had a K-9 unit doing almost 100 down highway 17 right near the Winnabow area, and he ended up going to the new Chick-fil-a right there in Waterford. But if that would have been a normal person, then we would have been in cuffs. Dont get me wrong, I respect the good law enforcment of the world, just not the Brunswick County Cops. And I am an Ex-Cop myself, 4-1/2 years of it for the USAF.

  • Curious2c says:

    There’s no fast food in Waterford unless it opened without any word of it. Seriously? It is private for the Waterford residents only? This story is very contradicting!

  • Guest1234567 says:

    First of all there is not a Chick-Fil-a in Brunswick County especially not in the Waterford area. So you dont even have your facts straight!!! And when you were a cop, I bet you can not honestly say that you did not speed in your on duty car or your personal car when you had no reason to speed. Everybody does this cop or not!! As a fellow cop you should be worried about her well-being instead of throwing cops under the bus and bad mouthing them especially if you are from Brunswick County and if you are from here and do not like the deputies and the protection they provide you, then MOVE because we do not want ungrateful citizens of this counties law here!!!

  • thomas says:

    Has she been charged. Or is it going to be a double standard and she gets away with it. They would have locked me up!

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