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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland Police officer crashed his patrol car into a tree this morning while on patrol. Ofc. Andrew Correll was not hurt in he accident, according to the Leland Police Department.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Hardee said Correll was pulling off the road on the ramp from US 17 North to US 74/76 West when it appears his anti-lock breaks failed in the wet grass. Hardee said dash cam video shows Correll had been going 55 to 60 mph on the highway before slowing down to pull over. He says the car hit the tree at 39 mph according to dash cam video.

Sgt. Hardee said the video also showed Correll was not using his in-car computer at the time of the accident, and he does not believe there are any other factors involved aside from a mechanical problem.

Hardee said Correll was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He said in addition to the front end damage to the cruiser, the steering wheel was bent in the collision.

Hardee said the crash is still under investigation, but he does not expect to issue a citation.

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Leland Resident
2015 years 11 months ago

Well, since plumbers, electricians, contracters, construction workers, ect were not under fire, I did not see where I would need to defend them. But I do appreciate them. I appreciate any person that gets up and goes to work everyday.

And no, I do not have any ties to the Leland Police Department, or any police department for that matter. I am a female that works in a doctors office. Not part of the “good ole boys”. Sorry, just an appreciative resident. Appreciative that there are men and women out there that are willing to put thier lives at risk… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

NC Hill Topper, the men that build your, home and work on your AC, and cut your grass are 80 percent felons. How many times do those guys put their life in danger each time they go to work (Unless you consider drinking while on the job and driving home). Officers put their life in danger with every call they go to. Never no when you arrive if someone has a gun. Hope the officer is safe.

2015 years 11 months ago

Why did the steering wheel bend? Did he go up against it for not wearing his seat belt? I have not seen the video. Did the air bag deploy? If not, why?

old dude
2015 years 11 months ago

Yes, indeed, GOP! 35mph is plenty fast enough to bend a steering column in a vehicle since they are built with an “accordian affect” to keep from crushing someone’s chest in the event of a crash.

I agree – Marge ought to give it a try sometime ;-)

2015 years 11 months ago

“leland boy” your an idiot. You talk alot of trash there behind your computer screen. Clearly you have some kind of issue with Correll or the Leland PD so instead why dont you be “leland man” and do something a little more productive.

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