Leland officer crashes cruiser into tree

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Submitted: Wed, 07/04/2012 - 3:02am
Updated: Wed, 07/04/2012 - 6:05pm

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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37 Comments on "Leland officer crashes cruiser into tree"

2015 years 8 months ago

If he was only going 35 how did the stering wheel bend. And of course it was nothing to do with his driving and texting.

Leland Resident
2015 years 8 months ago

The video showed that he was not speeding or looking at the computer that is in his car. He slid on wet grass. Get a life people. He and other police officers are out there getting crap pay to protect people who want nothing more then thier head on a platter. I repeat… GET A LIFE!! Thank you Leland Police Department for protecting my family! There are people who appreciate your hard work!

Leland Boy
2015 years 8 months ago

Notice Officer Correll was driving one of the cars with cameras in it both inside and out. He was involved with the mess with Jayne and them. Now they have to monitor his every move. He and his boss cooperated so they could keep their jobs.

Now he breaks the law and gets no ticket. Things don’t change in Leland.

2015 years 8 months ago

Until the video is made public, which will never happen, I still contend he had a brain fart or was engaging in some sort of distracted driving. ABS is USELESS on wet grass in a high speed situation. There was likely NO mechanical failure whatsoever!

Hard work? How about the men and women out there sweating to build your home, keeping your family cool, supplying you with electricity, building the roads you drive on, or caring for sick people……that’s hard work! Driving around in an Air Conditioned vehicle equipped with Satellite radio, Computer, and a town issued smartphone is hardly work, let alone hard work!

Oh yeah, how do you feel about someone “keeping your family safe” that isn’t capable of keeping themselves safe?

2015 years 8 months ago

You must be a member of the good ‘ol boys club called ‘The Family and Friends of The Leland Police Department’…………..

Everything the Leland PD says is all hearsay to me. If they provide firm evidence to corroborate their story, I will accept their conclusion as fact. Now that’s a fact Jack! Trust that is broken is twice as hard to regain.