Pender Co. deputy totals patrol vehicle

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Submitted: Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:47am
Updated: Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:48pm

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering from an accident suffered while on patrol.

According to investigators, Deputy Burke Bailey was performing a safety check at South Topsail Elementary when he noticed a speeding car go by.

While trying to catch up to the vehicle Deputy Bailey ran off of the road and over corrected his vehicle, which sent him into the ditch.

Bailey was taken to the New Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

According to a fellow law enforcement officer accidents like this are rare.

“Sheriff’s deputies and police officers that go through basic law enforcement training there is required driving in that block of instruction and it does include pursuit driving and extraordinary vehicle operation,” said Sgt. M.L. Collier of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    can be twisted and misleading.

    If you have specific information, not rumor, innuendo, or street gossip, get in touch with Carson Smith.

    As Sheriffs go, he seems pretty straightforward.

  • concerned citizen says:

    I just heard through the grapevine that this deputy may have been under the influence and was wondrring where the toxicology report for this incident was. Considering he was taken to new hanover regional medical center i assume blood tests were taken. I would just hate to find out that someone that is supposed to uphold the law has been abusing their authority or that local law enforcement would try to cover this incident up to avoiding staining their reputation.
    Im not making accusations i would just like to see the facts because if it were a everyday citizen that got into a wreck like this there would be an investigation regarding imparing substances.

  • concerned citizen says:

    True. Grapevines can be misleading. However asking to see a toxicology report isnt asking a whole lot. Lets say that you got into a wreck and needed to be taken to the hospital. Your blood alcohol level would be measured there if you refused the breathalyzer or were in a condition where you could not perform the test. I just think the same rules should apply to everyone. A badge doesnt mean your allowed additional rights. If this deputy was in pursuit of a speeder and had an accident as a result then there should be no problem releasing the toxicology report publicly. Once again. Im not pointing the finger at anybody. I would just like to see this handled in the same manner as any other accident. Maybe if highway patrol was there these test could have been performed or at least brought up by someone more official than myself

  • Vog46 says:

    If he was under the influence of booze first responders would have noted that. EMS would probably not have taken part in a cover up if it was blatant.
    If it was drugs – they would have shown up in a tox report at the hospital – but, if it was just prescription Rx for something then this officers medical info is protected under HIPPA just like yours or mine would be.
    My only question is – this was a single car accident – did lack of training play a part? I would assume they routinely do a tox screen for all accidents involving LEOs – and if no influencing factors are found in that tox screen then it’s NOT released to the public.
    Do we really need to know if that LEO needs or uses viagra?


  • SurfCityTom says:

    and attempted to cloud the issue.

    You stated you “heard through the grapevine”.

    If you have facts, not innuendo, street gossip, or rumors, take the provable facts to Sherrif Smith. He’s a straigt shooter.

    If you don’t have facts; admit it and extend an apology for posting false or misleading statements.

  • GuestTeeDuffer says:

    A Star News article just released this evening reported that charges are not to be made against this deputy as a result of this accident.

    Maybe one of the posters on this board could clarify a question I have about the Fair Bluff incident. Why wasn’t the Highway Patrol called for THAT accident? Isn’t Highway Patrol the authority to be called for all accidents??

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