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Deputy not charged after fender bender

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The holiday rush got off to a bad start for a New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy this morning. The deputy rear-ended another car with his cruiser at the intersection of South College Road and Waltmoor Road around 9 a.m.

A sheriff's spokesman said the deputy said the light was green when he looked down for a second. When he looked back up, the light was yellow, and the car in front of him had stopped.

There was only minor damage, and no one was hurt. Wilmington Police are investigating.

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT:

The Deputy was determined to be at fault. His marked vehicle rear-ended the car in front of him. The driver in front said that she slowed down when the light turned yellow. The other driver (Deputy) said that he was looking at his mobile data terminal (MDT) in the performance of his duties. When he looked back up, the driver ahead had slowed for the yellow light and the Deputy could not stop in time. Both drivers were in agreement as to the sequence of events.

The Deputy's car sustained more serious damage than the other vehicle. Any minor damage to the other vehicle will by covered by the Deputy's insurer (NC League of Municipalities).

No charges have been placed. This is typical in a crash in which there is no dispute as to how the crash occurred, or who will pay for damages.

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