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CAUGHT ON CAMERA FIRST ON 3: Driver says Onslow Co. deputy caused crash in SC


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WWAY) -- A South Carolina man takes to social media to vent his frustration with an Onslow County Sheriff's deputy.

The driver, Chad Walton, began rolling video last night right before he says the deputy cut him off and caused a crash. He later posted the video to YouTube.

Walton came up on the Onslow County Deputy going eastbound on I-526 in North Charleston, SC. Walton says the deputy was holding up traffic by going 50 mph in the fast line, when the speed limit was 60.

To get around the deputy, Walton says he moved in to the right lane before pulling back into the fast lane. Still recording video, Walton caught the deputy passing on his right, then cutting back in front. That's when the video shows the deputy slamming on his brakes, which caused Walton to rear-end the cruiser.

"That video doesn't lie," Walton told WWAY by phone. "You can see how it happened. You can see the speedometer in the video, where you can see I was going 60 miles an hour."

After the crash, Walton says the deputy, driving car No. 145 that was marked as a K-9 unit, did not pull over, so Walton called 911. Walton says North Charleston Police responded and cited the deputy for being at fault. The officer was not ticketed.

So far the Onslow County Sheriff's has not returned calls for comment. North Charleston Police also have not responded to our requests for more information.

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2 Wrongs Don't Make a Right

I live in Charleston SC and i don't agree with Mr. Walton's point of view. He has a long history of involvment with the Police. I'm not defending the actions of the officer either but if you watch the video closely, 2 things are clear...... 1. The individuals recording this went from the far left lane to the far right lane (which is an on/off ramp and not a passing lane) to pass both vehicles. He claims that he was doing 60 MPH and the speed limit is 60 MPH in that area, so when he illegally passed both vehicles on the off ramp, it is clear that he eccelerated his vehicle way beyond 60...2 the video doesn't make clear what speed were they going, 60, 70, 80? Any blinkers used to change lanes? Not to mention that he was tailgating from the get go... I hope the Police Department decides to bring the officer back

You're kidding, aren't you?

You're kidding, aren't you? It is CLEARLY stated in the article and the video that the officer and traffic were moving at 50mph, which would put the driver at no more than 60mph. And I hardly think that an improper lane change compares to a police officer intentionaly caused this accident. According to you, the police officers driving (10 under in the passing lane, improper lane change, speeding when he passed the driver, not leaving enough space between traffic when changing lanes, not to mention the brake check which would normally be written as reckless driving) is just fine but the drivers is no good? Are you one of those people who thinks that cops can do no wrong and are above the law? Or are you good buddies with the offiver in question? Either way, your sense of reality is way off.


It is very easy to see if you all open your eyes. At 00:56 in the video Mr. W is still behind the patrol car. his speedometer is clearly visible at 63mph in a 60 for that area. it is ridiculous for anyone to question the speed. the officer was going the speed limit. The passing to the right is questionable.. I believe that its an on ramp and that lane continues until the next exit. Also the law is not clear weather 1 and 2 subsections apply together or stand apart. If they apply together than a vehicle has to be making a left turn and another lane be available to the right with sufficient room to over take that vehicle. I am not defending the cop what he did in the video was wrong. however after all is said in done they both made mistakes. charge one charge the other.


I honestly and truly believe that people like you and that cop should be separated from the rest of society. What you are saying is just SO ridiculous, and you just cant see it. Its honestly just sad.

What people fail to accept

What people fail to accept is that corruption doesn't start with massive abuses once someone achieves positions of high authority. They start out with small things like this and grow if not stopped. Had this been the 1980s or 1990s this cop's actions would not have been caught, he would have persisted abusing citizens, and chances are the power probably would have hooked him into even more severe violations of his authority. Thankfully, due to a simple camera phone (sidebar: obnoxiously held vertically instead of horizontally) this cop has been caught and lost his job. Hopefully he will even lose whatever pension his years in the job has entitled him too as well and find himself struggling to make ends meet in our lousy economy. I believe that is a very fitting punishment and might knock the arrogance out of him.

Well well well. Looks like

Well well well. Looks like the idiot cop was forced to resign. Fantastic.

Guess who foots the bill?

North Charleston taxpayers will paying that damage. If you're not angry now, you should be.


Why would North Charleston taxpayers pay for damage done by an Onslow County, N.C. deputy?

Camera/Action/Roll 'Em!!!!

Why not just make a reality show outta this??
It couldn't hurt...and would fall right into place with a lot of what's on TV now anyway. The actors would make very little pay while the Goof Ball Producrers/Directors rake it in!
Whoops! There was already a film(s) made about this sorta thing..."Smokey and the Bandit 1-2-and 3 and maybe 4"...I quit counting.
That will be 5 bucks for the idea ;-)

And they are suppose to protect and serve?

You the driver of truck have more patience than I would have had, since he had already hit the front of my truck, I beleive I would have given him the ride of his life, or at least for a minute, or two. We truly have hired some real intelligent indiviuals, Lately and that is everywhere, where do we keep finding them, crap magnet I suppose?....

I used to live in J/ville

I used to live in J/ville but moved away. Would sure love to know what the name of the officer?

Why has no one else pointed out ...

... that the civilian driver crossed over two lanes of traffic to pass the police officer on the RIGHT. Last time I checked passing on the right is illegal. Also looking at the other vehicles on the road in the video, the officer was keeping with the flow of traffic. Now, slamming on his brakes for the purpose of causing an accident clearly is uncalled for. However, this "road rage" clearly had two participants.

where do you live?

It is not illegal to pass on the right on South Carolina Interstate! the officer was being a dik blocking the left lane preventing anyone from passing

Cops are civilians

I am not American, but I am pretty sure cops are civilians even in North Carolina. In most of the world the only police officers that are not civilians are military police.


The deputy was impeding the flow of traffic and the driver next to him was too stupid to realize they could actually go the speed limit and not be scared of him. The deputy was going 50 in a 60 zone.

Can anybody make out the

Can anybody make out the license plate on that silver SUV that was scared to pass the cop going 10mph under the limit on the freeway? I can pretty much GUARANTEE that person was carrying either illegal contraband, blood alcohol, or warrants.

It always amazes me

when I find someone capable of reading an article and posting a response and yet is so totally unaware of the world around them.

Most drivers are reluctant to pass a cop on the highway regardless of the speed of the vehicle. You see it all the time. Sometimes cops do it just to mess with people. The only thing YOU can pretty much GUARANTEE is you don't have as much common sense as a dog is able to pass along to a mushroom.

Where are the signs and Left Lane Lazies

One thing bothers me. For years SC had signs that read "Keep right except to pass". Another read "Slower traffic keep right". Where are they now? People seem to think they have a "right" to immediately get in the left lane and slow down. Not even a cop has the right to impede traffic if the lights aren't on. Even an ambulance driver gets a ticket for causing a crash while the lights and siren are functioning.

Are people too lazy to move over? Why must they ride the left lane? While in the left lane they tend to do what the SUV driver did. They find a right lane buddy and match their speed. They won't speed up and they won't slow down and there ain't nothing short of the second coming going to make them give up their RIGHT to ride the left lane.

Greenville SC drivers demonstrate their disdain, contempt or their ignorance for traffic laws daily.

Check out YouTube. You can find lots of cops being busted by other cops for driving crazy. Personally, I know several cops who really shouldn't be in that line of work. It really is a power overdose.

Safe bet

That would be a safe bet for somebody to be too scared to not even drive the speed limit when an officer is next to them, much less an officer from another state.

Know the RULES of the road before you pretend to be an expert.

Passing on the right in SC is NOT ILLEGAL. If you are in the left lane and do NOT move when a car tries to overtake, YOU are in violation. There is NO LAW that says that in multiple lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, that all drivers MUST drive slower than the guy in the far left lane. Where do you get that information? Check your sources before you post erroneous information. Here's something that should help you...and it's in pretty colors, so you can really understand.

The deputy was going 50mph

The deputy was going 50mph (speed limit is 60mph on that stretch of road) in the passing lane and was staying right next to an SUV, causing a mess of traffic behind him. The driver in the truck had no other choice.

You checked wrong...

"the civilian driver..." You a cop by chance?

Passing on the right on a multi lane highway is not illegal.

As far as why he got back in the left lane after passing the car in the middle lane, there were slower moving cars in his lane after he passed. Watching the video, It appears he wanted to pass the car in the middle lane, but was blocked by the K9 car. There was three lanes in the direction of travel for a period of time, and he passed in the rightmost lane - he even signaled! The highway was reduced to two lanes in his direction of travel, and he moved into the left lane due to slower traffic ahead. No agressive or unsafe driving on the part of the driver of the truck.
BTW: "Conditions" means either condition AND you have to comply with (b)

Same law applies in NC.

I can tell the guy has a

I can tell the guy has a chip on his shoulder. Probably got passed over, when he tried to become a cop. A professional victim, who knows just how to push the right buttons, to egg on a situation. Now he's playing "Mr. Innocent".

But the deputy was clearly wrong, and should be charged. If I were the sheriff, I would hate to do it, but I would ask him to resign, for abusing equipment, and endangering people. So convenient for our victim to have a camera.

This "victim" should not get one penny beyond the damages, since he was doing dangerous thing also.

Thanks for your comments

Thanks for your comments wannabe deputy. But you are obviously a moron

So convenient for the victim to have a camera? You sound like those moron POS cops that try to arrest people for filming your abuse.

A good man has lost his job.

A good man has lost his job. And a wessel has managed to get under his skin, enough for him to play into the wessel's hands. Now we're finding out that the wessel is often attempting these tricks. I'm not surprised.


Law enforcement sources in South Carolina tell WWAY they have had frequent encounters with Walton, who they say often drives around recording video of law enforcement officers trying to catch them in bad situations.

And? Maybe if the police

And? Maybe if the police knew their place they wouldn't create watchdogs like Walton or give him so many chances to speak out. People are getting sick and tired of these wannabe dictators and I'm glad there are people like Walton who have turned it into a hobby in exposing them.


Well if the fine officers aren't doing anything wrong they won't have to worry about getting filmed. I could see this cop beating the heck out of some homeless guy just cause he could get away with it. KEEP THE CAMERAS ROLLING!!!

Why has no one else pointed out ...

Windy, because some people have enough brainpower to check out the facts before they open their mouth. He was legally passing on the right.

"South Carolina Code > Title 56 > Chapter 5 > § 56-5-1850 - When passing on the right is permitted

Current as of: 2009

(a) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
1. When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn.

2. Upon a roadway with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two or more lines of vehicles moving lawfully in the direction being travelled by the overtaking vehicle.

(b) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under conditions permitting such movement in safety. Such movement shall not be made by driving off the roadway."

By the way, are you related to this officer?

Your stupidity and logic

Your stupidity and logic baffles all of us!