HIGHWAY PATROL: No Charges Against Deputy In Crash

State troopers say there will be no charges against a deputy sheriff after he wrecked his cruiser Wednesday night.

Troopers say around 6:30 p.m., Onslow County deputy Edwin Romans had cleared investigating a wreck and went to make a u-turn near Highway 53 and Brians Woods Road. That's when the Highway Patrol says the deputy pulled out into the path of another vehicle and hit that car.

The other driver, Alaric Robinson was taken to the hospital just to be checked out and was later released.

Troopers say there was $9,000 worth of damage from the wreck.

No charges from Highway Patrol for that deputy, saying the investigation and consequences are being handled internally by the Sheriff's Office.


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  • by Bobby Location: Jacksonville, NC on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    Who says that there was no harm? The article said that the driver went to the hospital and was released. That doesn't mean that there won't be other doctors visits, time of work, child care expenses, transportation issues, due to this accident. By the way, your insurance rates go up for being "involved" in an accident, not just causing it. Who knows what the LEO insurance looks like. Will the driver be reimbursed for the full $9000 or will he be told that his car isn't worth that much. Officers make a choice to go into their "dangerous" profession to "serve and protect." This LEO has endangered the public instead. A lot of us have jobs where there are internal reviews of criminal conduct (try being a nurse with a drug conviction), but that doesn't mean they don't get arrested for drug possession. The law should apply equally to everyone.
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      by to bobby on Feb 6, 2012 at 05:17 PM in reply to Bobby
      before you post something have you ever thought of maybe reading the story again once more real slow? the article states "The other driver, Alaric Robinson was taken to the hospital JUST TO BE CHECKED OUT and was later released." Which means it was a routine thing to cover themselves in case something either really was wrong with this person, or so they can't come back later and say they have all these issues which did not come from the accident. also, the $9,000 was TOTAL, in other words for BOTH cars. look at the picture and tell me there is even close to 9k damage to the cruiser, and imagine if that's all the damage done to that car, the other can't be any worse. and talking about being a nurse with a drug conviction!!! really, god i hope your never my nurse, you do drugs, and you have no reading/comprehension skills!! Law Enforcement cannot have a "drug conviction". you will not get hired anywhere, and if you acquire one while working you will be terminated. read this at least one more time so you can soak it all in. it might help if someone reads it to you.
  • by Learn the Court System on Feb 3, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    If any citizen gets into a wreck and gets a ticket as soon as the responsible party's insurance says they will pay for the damages the ticket is dropped. It works this way with everyone. So what is the point in even writing a ticket if one party is clearly at fault. Just because he is L.E. people want to scream FOUL wake up people L.E. are citizens as well and are not perfect. As much as they drive some wrecks are going to happen. If you don't like L.E. next time you are in trouble call a "Crackhead" to help you, see how that works for you!!
  • by suchattitude~ Location: Swansboro on Feb 3, 2012 at 08:33 AM
    WOW, as I sit here and read all the negative comments I am astounded by 1.people who are very assuming this deputy is not in trouble at all 2. the negative attitide towards the LE officers as a whole when we all know there are some who are lets say are not as they should be as in ALL forms of employment 3. Quoting "if this guy was killed". You all know as well as I do, if this guy was killed the situation would be different, so get over yourselves and your slamming and whatifs. As a mother of one of these Deputies, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, this particular deputy will find himself in some kind of diciplinary action. It was an accident yes, one that could have been avoided with another look, yes. These guys with OCSD have my utmost respect. Because one of my own is there? No, because I personally know what it is like now to work there with the current admin and their rules and back and forths and what they deal with on a daily basis with minimal pay. You have no idea and until you do, lets cut a little slack and remember, just remember who YOU call when you or yours are in trouble and who YOU feel relief when you see them coming to YOUR aide when needed. Perfect people no... show me one of you who is.. and please for heavens sake, learn how to write!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:21 PM
    If this was a regular citizen they could show up at most courthouses with a letter from their insurance company showing it was taken care of & they would be walking out with a dismissal from the District Attorney. Very typical ending for any type of accident involving property damage with no impairment.
  • by Bo on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    Just because they wear a badge and carry a gun doesn't make them any better of a citizen than we are.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:13 PM in reply to Bo
      My friend, I have one question for you. Have you ever been given a break by a Law enforcement officer?
  • by earl Location: greenville on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:01 PM
    i was in an accident october last year that was my fault, i merged into another lane and struck a vehicle that was in my blind spot. i screwed up. i told the raleigh police officer when he arrived it was my fault. the total damage to both vehicles ended up being around 10k. i know because my insurance paid for it all. the officer DID NOT give me a ticket. i AM NOT law enforcement. is that wrong too? from what i have found out is it is the officer's discretion as to whether or not the at fault driver gets a ticket. its basically a formality to make sure the at fault driver fixes the other vehicle involved. when it gets to court if the other vehicle was fixed 9 out of 10 times the ticket will be dropped! learn the law people. it doesn't matter if he got a ticket or not!! he will probably get in far worse trouble with his job! im sure he will at least get written up, which is something i didn't get. further more quit bashing people for doing a job you know nothing about. do the job for a while then make your judgement.
  • by Wharf Rat Location: OIB on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    As an ex-state trooper, I hated all you motorists then, and so do I now. I only issued one ticket to a leo, and he was the CHIEF of police in a small town. It was for DUI and CCW. And yes, I drove 70-80 mph everywhere I went, because I could! The cool part was, there was nothing you morons could do about it, but complain as you are doing now. BWAHAHAHAHA!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:21 PM in reply to Wharf Rat
      You poor little thing. You must have had to endure a lot of beatings and ridicule during your high school years. It is understandable that you are bitter after that. It's probably why you chose law enforcement as a career. Now you can get back at all of those of gave you daily beatings huh? That'll show em! Look at me... I have a gun and I can speed and you can't. Na na na boo boo.
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      by JD on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:26 PM in reply to Wharf Rat
      Thank the Lord that you are an ex-state trooper!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to Wharf Rat
      Why were you fired? What are you doing now?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 02:27 PM in reply to Wharf Rat
      The public hates you. Criminals hate you. Honest law enforcement members do not respect you. You are in a world of your own, mr rat.
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      by c-had on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:41 PM in reply to Wharf Rat
      Just a glimpse into the inner workings of those who choose law enforcement as a career.You probably did ALOT of other illegal things because you could as well.LOL Sorry excuses for people such as yourself are the reason alot of people disdain the police.
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      by a concerned citizen on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:58 PM in reply to Wharf Rat
      with state troopers like you no wonder the leo's are the way they are, what happen did it make you mad they took your little cop car away?? sounds like you think you are better than everyone else. Glad your not a cop any more.
  • by ENC LEO Location: Jacksonville on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    Ed Brown is a joke and it's time for him to go. How can any Sheriff make his deputies turn over their PERSONAL cell phones for inspection and for him to go through them, and if they don't, they face disciplinary action up to termination? If he's not paying my cell phone bill...he's not looking through it!! I mean come on, he fired the Major that worked there for 28 YEARS just because he wouldn't tunr over his PERSONAL CELL PHONE!! Ol' Ed has a problem and it's time for him to go... And by the way, "onslow native" learn how to spell profession and enforcement before you post something else up here... it's kind of embarrassing
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      by richlands on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:24 PM in reply to ENC LEO
      What does the sherriff have to do with it. It is the state trooper who didnt write the tickets
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        by ENC LEO on Feb 2, 2012 at 07:39 PM in reply to richlands
        They didn't post my other comment... Because, knowing Ed Brown and his "internal investigation" this deputy will probably be fired for this accident. That's what I was getting at
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      by spell check on Feb 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM in reply to ENC LEO
      have you never made a spelling error? people are just trying to respond to the story above, not get a school grade. but you are an ENC LEO, i forgot. you get to enforce the rules not follow them.
  • by bil Location: enc on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:06 PM
    so my kid got a 200 buk ticket ( court costs, fine, etc) when I was deployed and I failed to get his registration renewed and truck inspected CAUSE I WAS IN IRAQ the vehicle was out of inpection about 50 days my bad BUT the cop gives my kid this expensive ticket. I have respect for real cops doing dangerous work but this cop took food off our table over a piece of paper and a little sticker that goes on the license plate while the cop in this story causes a wreck and gets no ticket?? this is why cops get a bad reputation these days
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      by Native on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:23 AM in reply to bil
      Exactly!
  • by Mr. Jim on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:45 PM
    If you read carefully, you will notice that the article states that the Highway Patrol did not press charges, not that the deputy has been completely cleared.
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      by Citizen on Feb 2, 2012 at 03:38 PM in reply to Mr. Jim
      We read the article carefully. It will be handled internally. Whoop de doo! It should be handled in a court of law just as the law is written. His job did not come with an "I am immune to tickets" umbrella.
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