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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy has been demoted after wrecking his cruiser yesterday while his wife rode with him.

In a statement, Sheriff John Ingram said Sammy Turner has been demoted from captain to lieutenant effective today and been relieved of a portion of his duties. The move comes a day after Turner was involved in a single-car accident on US 74/76 near Leland. His wife was with him in the car. The sheriff says she was an unauthorized passenger in the Sheriff’s Office vehicle. No one was hurt.

Ingram has ordered a complete review and revision of policies regarding the use of assigned vehicles as a result of yesterday’s incident.

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2015 years 9 months ago

NC General Statute 20-135.2A does not specify the children have to be in the back seat. At one point it did. It does not now.

Living in NC
2015 years 9 months ago

It is legal in NC for a child to ride in the front seat:

If the child is age 5 or older, OR
If the child weighs at least 40 pounds, OR
If the vehicle does not have an active passenger side air bag, OR
If the vehicle does not have a rear seat where the child restraint can be installed. Note however, that children in rear facing child safety seats should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger side air bag. The child will be seriously injured or killed if there is a crash and the air bag deploys.

– Best practice is to leave the kids in the back seat until 12.

….Just sayin.

2015 years 9 months ago

I think most of the police use their badges and titles to get over. I do not understand why they are permitted to get away with as much as they do. Anyone could have been hurt in this, being a police officer he should have and did know.

2015 years 9 months ago


My only question is if he was on duty. If he was not, there is NO reason that vehicle should have been on the road. I have seen TOO MANY illegal moves with police cruisers…. Turning emergency lights on to get past traffic, jumping curbs and other medians to cut people off and pass traffic. And they think they can get away with it because they are in a Police Vehicle.

I feel strongly of this after my dear friend passed in October 2011 when she was hit head on by an ambulance that ran a stoplight with no sirens on.

If you are going to be a part of law enforcement, then SET AN EXAMPLE! Break the laws on YOUR OWN TIME, NOT MINE!!!

Retired Firefighter
2015 years 9 months ago

Man there is some unhappy, paranoid, in need of adult supervision and medication people in the Wilmington area.

As a taxpayer in Brunsco, I see no problem with this. He was demoted for wrecking his vehicle, nothing more. If the Lt. wanted to take his wife to and from work, fine by me.

Since everyone is scrutinizing because they feel entitled to just because they pay taxes, then open up your check book and let everyone take a look. Disclosure for the goose is also good for the gander. Only thing that paying taxes entitles anyone too, is making sure the infrastructure works when needed.

Unfortunate accident, but an accident none the less. Glad neither was seriously injured.


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