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From reckless driving to dismissed. She wrecked her muscle car going about 100 miles an hour. In February, prosecutors charged the Brunswick County Deputy with reckless driving. But last week, the charge was dismissed.

The Shallotte Police Department investigated the accident. Chief Rodney Gause said Samantha Lewis did not get preferential treatment because she is a Sheriff’s Deputy. Investigators say Lewis was driving south on Highway 17 eight months ago, talking on her cell phone to one of the deputies she was trying to pass.

She was off-duty and in her personal car, a brand new 2010 Ford Mustang. At about 100 miles per hour, Lewis lost control of the car, ran off the road into a ditch, and rolled about 420 feet, nearly a football field and a half. Lewis was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

In March, Shallotte Police cited Lewis with careless and reckless driving. But last week, her charge was dismissed. Brunswick County Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said dismissals are common in single car accidents where the insurance pays for the damage, as Lewis’s did. Lewis has recovered from her injuries and is back on the force.

A spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Sheriff John Ingram “took action” against Lewis but would not go into detail because she says it’s a personnel issue.

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47 Comments on "Deputy’s reckless driving charge dismissed"

2015 years 9 months ago

You can not believe me if you like, but I never got a ticket or ever had to go to court. To this day I still have no idea what my mother said the the trooper on duty that day.

2015 years 9 months ago

Maybe you were inexperienced, but she is a so-called “police officer”. She is supposed to have had training in high speed driving. Obviously, she must have missed some classes. I used to be a police officer, but at that time we were much more professional than they seem to be now.

2015 years 9 months ago

It is something when the law charges a person with something that they do themselves isn’t it?

2015 years 9 months ago

Was simple. The speeding standard in NC is pretty straight forward you cant convict unless you have them on radar or paced. The speed was simply estimated based on skid marks which arent admissable in court. The DA even admitted it and any LE Officer in NC will tell ya its the truth. The standard is the same in many states. Nobody can be convicted without proof beyond a reasonable doubt and sadly skid marks dont reach that standard due to tire composition and such (hard vs soft and temperature rating etc) no 2 tires are even the same.. So before ya go shooting the messenger they followed the law and her lawyer earned his pay end of story. I do agree though Im betting shes on a very short leash. While she maybe back at work theres nothing that says what shes doing she could be working in the jail or something for the time being.

2015 years 9 months ago

Yes, Chief Gause did charge her, but by saying she did not get any special treatment, makes him appear to be one of the “good ‘ol boys” who think just because you carry a badge you can break any law you want to on or off duty with no consequences.


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