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UPDATE – 2/26

We would like to clarify – that we requested the accident “investigation” report from the Shallotte Police Department Thursday – and they told there wasn’t one. In a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week it said SPD was conducting an investigatioon of the accident.

There was also an “accident report” that we did get a copy of earlier this week. It showed where the accident happened, who was involved, and how fast she was going.

Our question for SPD is – if the department is conducting an investigation into the accident – why isn’t there documentation to show what it found?

Scott Pickey
News Director

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New information about the Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who wrecked her car going 100 miles per hour on US 17 in Shallotte last week.

Today we learned that not only was Samantha Lewis doing 100 where the speed limit was 60, but she was also talking on her cell phone to one of the deputies she was trying to pass. At some point the off-duty deputy lost control of her new Mustang, ran into a ditch and flipped her car for more than 400 feet.

A lot of you have written in on-line asking why Lewis hasn’t been charged yet. Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause explained why.

“I’ve been doing this for 27 years. I wouldn’t write nobody a citation while they’re on life support or got oxygen,” Gause said. “My heart goes out to her. My prayer goes out to her. And we’re going to treat her like anybody else. She’s not getting any special treatment. When the time’s right, that’s when we’ll do the citation.”

Gause says Shallotte Police will likely charge Lewis with careless and reckless driving, which could mean she’ll lose her licence for at least 60 days.

Lewis had to go back into surgery today. Right now her fellow officers in Brunswick County are focusing on her recovery.

The case apparently remains under investigation. We will stay on it and bring you additional details as we get them.

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40 Comments on "Police waiting to charge speeding deputy"


Guest33
2015 years 8 months ago

Yes, I am thanking her. Not for using poor judgment in this incident, but for having the courage to choose a profession that puts her at constant risk, in order to protect others. Someone has to show her that not everyone believes she is the scum of the earth. Read some of the other stories on this site. She’s speeding, gets in a single car accident, and you’d think she raped a child. Wait, there was an officer accused of that, but no one paid attention. Make sense to you? How would you feel if everyone tried to crucify you for one mistake? Get off of your thrown. “ALL OUR” lives weren’t at risk. Yeah someone could have been killed, but no one was; stop sensationalizing. As many have in the LE community have said, she’ll get her punishment; we’ve seen it all before.

Sarah
2015 years 8 months ago

This officer was only 24?? What kind of education does she have? Does not seem she is old enough to be a sheriff deputy.No wonder she was speeding down the road chatting it up with her buddies.
What are the requirements to be a sheriff deputy in NC? High school diploma and BLE school? Can she have enough life experience to take on a job like this? Evidently not in this case. I do hope she recovers from her injuries and pray for her and her family,. She should be treated as any other young adult on the road.Driving is a privilege not a right. She should also be fired for her lack of professional behavior.

anne
2015 years 8 months ago

She made a mistake? A mistake that may cost her life, but she could have injured or killed someone else. What she did was stupid! Hopefully she will recover and she will move on but justice needs to be served. Law enforcement has my full respect. They put their lives on the line every day so that I may be safe, but that does not excuse them from being responsible for stupid behavior. Whether they like it or not, they are held to a higher standard and their colleagues should be willing to hold them accountable instead of making excuses. If this was an “ordinary” citizen out there, they would be prosecuted and we need to hold the same standards for her.

Grand Old Party
2015 years 8 months ago

I assumed whoever the sheriff was he was on the side of the people he serves. I was unware he should only serve the dems. You seem to have a lot of concerns, maybe you should make a run for the office and stop your crying. Which side??? Wow!!

Guest33
2015 years 8 months ago

Deputy Lewis, thank you for answering a higher calling, taking that oath, and risking your life for complete strangers–even the ones on this message board. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but as a Soldier and a former LEO, things like this constantly remind me that sometimes the sheep mistake the sheepdog for the wolf. Keep your head up and good luck on your recovery.

 

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