Greenville Police Investigating 3-Vehicle Wreck Involving Pitt County Deputy

Greenville Police are investigating a wreck they say involved a Pitt County Sheriff's deputy responding to an emergency.

Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter says that it happened around 1:15 p.m. on County Home Road near Rosemont Drive. Christy Wallace, public information officer for the sheriff's office, says that the deputy was Emerson McLawhorn.

Police say McLawhorn was heading south on County Home Road with sirens and lights on. We're told by police that a car in front of the deputy was moving to the shoulder and that the deputy was driving around that car when a truck in the northbound lane slammed on their brakes in response to seeing the deputy. Hunter says when the truck suddenly stopped, a car behind the truck swerved toward the center turn lane to avoid the truck and ended up crashing into the deputy. Hunter says when the deputy was hit, his cruiser ended up hitting another vehicle.

Hunter says that McLawhorn was not taken to the hospital, but that other people involved in the accident were. Their injuries were said to be non-life threatening.

Hunter says that police are continuing to investigate and that charges are pending, but say it does not appear that McLawhorn was at fault.

Wallace says that McLawhorn is a veteran deputy. We're told he had been responding to a 911 call hang up.


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