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


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Submitted: Tue, 03/19/2013 - 9:12pm
Updated: Wed, 03/20/2013 - 3:55pm By:

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.

75 Comments

  • Trond Sorvoja says:

    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.

  • guesty says:

    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.

  • Lights, Camera, Action says:

    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!!!

  • Biggnuttz says:

    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

  • Guest2013 says:

    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.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    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.

  • PublicAvenger says:

    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.

  • Harvey Dalison says:

    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.

  • Guest756 says:

    This crash may have been prevented if the driver would have been paying attention to driving and not trying to garner hits on you tube. Put down your phone and drive please.

  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon says:

    Cuff ‘em.

  • GuestX says:

    So he gets cited but not a ticket.Seems like the LAW isnt the same for all who break it,if that had been anyone else other than an officer,careless and reckless,dangers to person and property,Unsafe movement,not to mention fleeing the scene of an accident.The good cops are tainted by these type and those who fail to hold them accountable.

  • JUST_LOGGED_IN says:

    Here’s the original reddit thread that started it all.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/1alrif/north_carolina_cop_in_charleston_sc_driving_slow/

    Top comment from 4 hours ago (this article came out three hours ago):

    I forsee… I forsee…. Local news stations airing the shaky video… I also see the police dept. in question addressing the public…. “We are doing an internal investigation on the matter….”…. I also see, paid-leave for the officer involved…

  • JUST_LOGGED_IN says:

    Here’s the deputy in question information:

    His license plate is 45286 V[1]
    Unit 145 / Sheriff / K-9 Unit
    Onslow County

  • JayWilson834 says:

    Fire the deputy now. Anything else is indefensible.

  • AJ says:

    How about take his badge away and send him to a job he can handle, maybe flipping burgers. That’s a hit and run!
    This country’s views of the police is getting worse every day, and it will continue to until disrespectful officers are taken care off.

  • Cop Hater says:

    Why wasn’t the cop charged with fleeing the scene of an accident? Or at least ticketed? The entire thing is on video. What more evidence do you need!? Just another example of how you have to be delusional if you think that everyone receives equal protection under the law!

  • Christopher K says:

    This is why nobody trusts the police, because they can do whatever they want with zero repercussions. The “officer,” whose job is to protect and serve the public, not his own ego, should be ticketed, arrested, and fired. Obviously he is unstable and prone to the same type of rage that causes cops to viciously attack citizens while screaming “stop resisting.” It is also obvious that the North Charleston Police don’t care enough about public safety to at a minimum cite the cop for his dangerous driving. To protect and serve . . . themselves.

  • B says:

    Why not get this up on ABC nightly news along with the officer’s name so that an example can be made of what NOT to do with a position of authority?

  • yomama says:

    Another example of the government being out of control

  • Guest123456 says:

    If that were any citizen not wearing a badge driving a cop car we’d have been put in jail and charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment at the very least. “To Protect and Serve” my ass.

  • Just some guy says:

    and WHY exactly, was the deputy “not ticketed” much less not in jail? Enquiring minds want to know. Surely this is egregious enough that even other cops won’t stand up for this hopefully soon to be ex-deputy?

  • The Natural says:

    That is absolutely absurd. This moron should be fired for endangering the public that he has sworn to protect. He didn’t get a ticket? GTFOH

  • Not Going to Onslow County Ever! says:

    Onslow County looks like a place to stay far away from. If law enforcement officers don’t respect the law or other people that county must be pretty bad.

  • Jeff Allen says:

    Any citizen would be held liable for such inappropriate actions, and would of gone to jail for puling a stunt like that!

  • Guest1342313 says:

    Shocker. Power-tripping cops acting above the law. More at 11.

  • TiredPete says:

    If I had done that I would have been cuffed and had to go before a judge. I guess the laws don’t apply to law enforement…

  • riley says:

    Thank you Chad Wilson for posting this. True, absolutely nothing will happen to his deputy however if the complaints keep stacking up, his supervisors will be forced to finally take action. The next person who files a complaint against him might have a chance at being believed, etc.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    officer….

    pfft!!

  • Leslie N. says:

    I agree that it is egregious enough. And don’t call me Surely.

  • Cliff says:

    The cop should of been charged with felony hit and run also. He was trying leave the scene of the accident too. Along with the other things he did wrong.

  • Chloe says:

    I will unfortunately have to say that I work with this officer, and he is a dumba$$. But Big Ed will find a way to sweep this under the carpet, like he does with everything else.

  • Guest49 says:

    One question that comes to mind is what is onslow cty doing in charleston sc?? Protecting and serving i suppose.

    The only thing that i think would be better would if walton could have given he deputy time to explain when he got back to nc how the damage to his vehicle happened. i wonder if there would have been a “false report” filed.then walton could have brought out his video.

  • Guestamazed says:

    Everyone should send this video as a story idea to a national news outlet like CNN or such. Let’s do this!

  • Once A Marine says:

    You owe me a laptop….I just spit soda all over mine laughing! Classic Comedy.

    As a former Onslow County Resident (stationed at camp lejeune) They just dont give a flip there. They dont care about the Military, all they care about is making quota. The Sherrif has even walked off and left his pistol in a public bathroom, and yet no charges ever filed. It is the good old boys club there

  • ILMncn8iv says:

    Sue the deputy for damages to your vehicle. It sure would be interesting to see how this case would be handled in court. I hope that no (more) favoritism would be shown.

  • windy says:

    … 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.

  • Xavier says:

    This is tantamount to “Well, she shouldn’t have dressed like that, then.” Stupid, small reasoning from a stupid, small person.

  • golfnrev says:

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

  • Charlestonian says:

    Aside for the Autobahn, where is passing on the right illegal?

  • akgc8 says:

    Going with the flow? Is that what you tell yourself as you’re cruising along in the left lane creating a rolling blockade? Well next time somebody gets around your blockade like in the video don’t get upset. Its only illegal to pass on the right if there’s no lane, i.e. passing on the shoulder.

  • Jonnyappleseeddriver says:

    It is perfectly legal if there are more than two lanes.

  • Really says:

    Your stupidity and logic baffles all of us!

  • Guest49 says:

    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 > ยง 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?

  • PublicAvenger says:

    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.

  • Guest867 says:

    “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.

    http://www.lawserver.com/law/state/south-carolina/sc-code/south_carolina_code_56-5-1850
    BTW: “Conditions” means either condition AND you have to comply with (b)

    Same law applies in NC.
    http://law.onecle.com/north-carolina/20-motor-vehicles/20-150.1.html

  • bad lieutenant says:

    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.

  • BillyBob says:

    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.

  • SusieQ says:

    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. http://jalopnik.com/5501615/left+lane-passing-laws-a-state+by+state-map

  • guesty says:

    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.

  • Susie! says:

    Where is passing on the right legal? Right here, doofus.

  • Guest Reply says:

    “Aside for the Autobahn, where is passing on the right illegal?”
    Answer: On a 2 lane bridge!

  • guesty says:

    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.

    http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/03/20/first-3-onslow-co-deputy-resigns-after-traffic-incident-sc#comment-203666

  • Clean up the roads says:

    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.

  • Jake P says:

    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.

  • ChasSCResident says:

    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

  • guesty says:

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

  • Lam says:

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

  • Hates police that abuse power says:

    Well well well. Looks like the idiot cop was forced to resign. Fantastic. http://jalopnik.com/north-carolina-cop-resigns-after-brake-check-video-goes-456979801

  • Guest2013 says:

    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.

  • guestguest says:

    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.

  • CHRIS says:

    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.

  • Reddiiittttttt says:

    looks like attempted murder to me. at that speed, a vehicle could easily veer out of control into a tree.

  • deathtocops says:

    Looks like attempted murder to me too. Oh well, all of this karma will build up. when the time comes and the riots start, cops lives will be taken as carelessly as they treat us, as shown in the video.

  • Shivettez says:

    Was the Dawg OK?

  • Guest123 says:

    I agree wonder what he was actually cited for looks like a couple felonies to me…dirty cops good for you Walton smart thinking doing the video!!!!

  • deputy 25 says:

    someone is in trouble!! this was wrong

  • GuestPA says:

    I hope the cop gets the book thrown at him.

  • Guest124 says:

    “Walton says North Charleston Police responded and cited the deputy for being at fault. The officer was not ticketed.”

    …in other words nothing happened. Sounds like pigs protecting pigs to me.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    rest assured Ed Brown will have someone out to the woodshed before he is terminated,

  • Not above the law. says:

    This sheriff needs to be held accountable. This could have been deadly. Thank the lord this guy got it on video.

  • Sean says:

    SO let me get this straight. He is getting away with potentially ruining this guy’s life and other innocent people around him? Officer was not ticketed. When are they going to be begin being held responsible for their abuses of power?

  • Joe says:

    The article says the officer was cited as at fault, but not ticketed. You know you would have gone to jail, had you done that. We do not have equal protection under the law as long as these criminals do not pay the price for their actions.

  • Guest Reply says:

    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 ;-)

  • jl says:

    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?….

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