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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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  • GuestMarilyn

    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.

  • i57887

    I think the problem would be he was suppose to be working and he is out riding around with his wife. I don’t think brunswick county tax payers want him riding his wife around on there money when he is suppose to be working. I saw this wreck. There was not a side of this car that wasn’t caved in. He was not going 55 when he wreck.

  • Justice2012

    This is a GREAT EXAMPLE!

    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!!!

  • Living in NC

    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.

  • fozbot98

    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.

  • Moish

    I don’t see the issue with his wife being in the car.
    At least it wasn’t someone else s wife.

  • Guest 123

    This incident is sad to say the least! Glad no one is hurt. What is funny about this is Captain Turner is a certified driving instructor for the State of NC. He is one of the instructors who teaches Driving to the sheriff’s office along with other local departments. If anyone should drive safer and know the rules it him. A demotion is not enough. He should be fired. How fast was he going? It had to be fast to roll the vehicle multiple times. Faster than the posted speed limit. When will the ticket be issued to Turner. Why was his x-wife in the car and not his girlfriend? A lot of things going on in the sheriff’s office lately that just don’t seem like go leadership from the top down……

  • Guest8956

    NHCSD Deputies take their CHILDREN to school in the FRONT seat of their crusiers EVERYDAY of the week! And these are NOT the School Resource Officers…… These Children are ELEMENTARY age CHILDREN…..STATE LAW says they have to be at least 12 years old to sit in the front seat but that doesn’t stop the NHCSD……so what about it McMAHON?? Are you going to hold your Deputies to a HIGHER STANDARD??? Are you going to reduce rank for your Deputies breaking the laws to which they have been sworn to uphold??

  • I love the fuz

    It’s only a matter of time before Lieutenant Turner is a Captain again. Anyone that knows him, knows that. He made a mistake, who hasn’t? Unfortunately, Sheriff Ingram is always under a microscope, so he has to act appropriately. I’m one proud Brunswick County citizen that supports our Sheriff and all it’s deputies!

  • Retired Firefighter

    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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