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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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  • Harvey Dalison

    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.

  • PublicAvenger

    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.

  • Guest 10101

    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.

  • Guest2013

    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.

  • Biggnuttz

    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

  • Lights, Camera, Action

    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!!!

  • guesty

    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.

  • Trond Sorvoja

    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.

  • Clean up the roads

    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.

  • guesty

    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.


  • Guest Reply

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

  • Susie!

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

  • guesty

    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.

  • SusieQ

    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

  • BillyBob

    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.

  • bad lieutenant

    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.

  • Guest867

    “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.

  • PublicAvenger

    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.

  • 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?

  • Really

    Your stupidity and logic baffles all of us!

  • Jonnyappleseeddriver

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

  • akgc8

    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.

  • Charlestonian

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

  • golfnrev

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

  • Xavier

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

  • windy

    … 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.

  • ILMncn8iv

    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.

  • Once A Marine

    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

  • Guestamazed

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

  • 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.

  • Chloe

    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.

  • Cliff

    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.

  • Leslie N.

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

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  • riley

    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.

  • TiredPete

    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…

  • Guest1342313

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

  • Jeff Allen

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

  • Not Going to Onslow County Ever!

    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.

  • The Natural

    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

  • Just some guy

    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?

  • Guest123456

    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.

  • yomama

    Another example of the government being out of control

  • B

    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?

  • Christopher K

    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.

  • Cop Hater

    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!

  • AJ

    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.

  • JayWilson834

    Fire the deputy now. Anything else is indefensible.


    Here’s the deputy in question information:

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


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


    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…

  • GuestX

    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.

  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon

    Cuff ’em.

  • Guest756

    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.

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