Sheriff: Investigation Shows Deputies Unsafe In Wreck

According to Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks an internal investigation has determined unsafe driving by deputies contributed to a wreck back on January 16th that injured two and damaged several vehicles.

Elks says the department was investigating to see what actions they needed to take in order to prevent this from happening again.

Sheriff Elks says after the incident he found there was no training policy for this type of situation, so he has now implemented that new training.

A spokeswoman with the Sheriff's departments says, "we have recognized that we need to increase training in these areas. The Sheriff has spoken to deputies involved. More training has been implemented already."

Sheriff Elks says that the way the deputies positioned their cars were unsafe and their failure to engage their blue emergency lights was unsafe.

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No charges will be filed in accident involving a 18-year-old driver and three Pitt County Sheriff deputies.

The Highway Patrol says after consulting with the District Attorney's Office, they determined no one will be cited in the crash on Old Stanstonburg Road early Sunday morning. Although they say contributing factors to the wreck is the fault of all parties involved.

Deputies say they were responding to a domestic assault call around 5:00 a.m. when they spotted a suspect on the side of the road. One of the deputy's vehicles was parked in the southbound lane, straddling the center line as another patrol car was facing north and partially in the road. 18-year-old Chaebriya Boyd was heading north on the road when she struck one of the patrol cars and pushed it into the third one.

Highway Patrol First Sergeant Marvin Williams says according to the D.A. Boyd failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident and the sheriff deputies were improperly parked in the roadway without emergency equipment activated.


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A Pitt County Sheriff's Deputy was listed in fair condition Monday morning, according to a spokesperson at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Deputy Melissa Pierce was hospitalized early Sunday after getting pinned between two patrol cars. Officials say she broke her leg in two places.

Officials say an 18-year-old woman was driving north on Old Stantonsburg Road just outside of the Greenville city limits just before 5 a.m. when she struck two Pitt County Sheriff's Department patrol cars parked in the road. The cars were pushed into a third patrol car that was parked on the shoulder of the road.

The Sheriff's Department says the deputies cars were parked in the road because they had spotted a possible suspect in a domestic situation walking down the road. Deputies pulled over and tried to stop the man, but he took off into the woods. We're told the deputies were outside their cars when the crash happened.

The Daily Reflector says the driver was 18-year-old Chaebriya Boyd. She was treated and released. No charges have been filed.



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A four vehicle crash Sunday morning sends a Pitt County Sheriff's Deputy and an 18-year-old to the hospital.

Officials say an 18-year-old woman was driving north on Old Stantonsburg Road just outside of the Greenville city limits just before 5 a.m. when she struck two Pitt County Sheriff's Department patrol cars parked in the road. The cars were pushed into a third patrol car that was parked on the shoulder of the road.

The Sheriff's Department says the deputies cars were parked in the road because they had spotted a possible suspect in a domestic situation walking down the road. Deputies pulled over and tried to stop the man, but he took off into the woods. We're told the deputies were outside their cars when the crash happened.

The Sheriff's Department says Deputy Melissa Pierce, who is 31 years old, was pinned between two vehicles and her leg was broken in two places. She was taken to the hospital and had surgery Sunday but is expected to make a full recovery. Pierce has been with the Sheriff's Department for 7 years.

Authorities say the deputy car headlights were on at the time of the accident, but not their blue lights.

The 18-year-old was treated and the released from the hospital.

No charges have been filed yet.


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  • by Wonder on Feb 27, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    Wonder why we did not hear about the wrong house being raided? Why didn'y that make the news? Is it because Mr. Elks does not want anyone to know about it??
  • by c and L. Location: g ville on Feb 26, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    more people die on stantonsburg road then any place in pitt co .please do not park in the road!!!!!!!!
  • by Bradley Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2011 at 10:57 PM
    My investigation shows sheriff deputies were unsafe on Friday night when 10 officers raided the wrong house while chasing a wild goose. They also seemed to take pleasure in harassing neighbors because I was simply trying to go to the store. It's funny how much of a tough guy you become when you approach innocent citizens with an assault rifle asking dumb questions. How about someone teaching these deputies how to get the correct address instead of busting down someones door only to harass a family with children and then say "oops, my bad". What if someone had of grabbed a gun thinking they were being robbed? Would it have been ok to shoot that homeowner because you made a mistake? Please Mr. Elks, put your dogs on a leash.
  • by To Native on Feb 22, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    It is something that is done. If the insurance pays, you take the documents into the court and they will drop the charges. I can say that from experience because I hydroplaned and hit a ditch, the ticket was dismissed because insurance took care of it. My husband had an accident 3 years later and the ticket was dismissed because documentation was given that the insurance company had taken care of the accident. I do however think it is up to the DA to determine whether they want to dismiss the charges or not.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Feb 22, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    To "To Native", I've never heard of courts dropping charges just because the insurance company agreed to pay. Not arguing with you, i think, but just never heard of that, especially in a wreck.
  • by To native on Feb 22, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    In most acidents the court drops the charges when the insurance company agrees to pay the damages.
  • by Did they catch the person? on Feb 22, 2011 at 04:16 AM
    "The Sheriff's Department says the deputies cars were parked in the road because they had spotted a possible suspect in a domestic situation walking down the road. Deputies pulled over and tried to stop the man, but he took off into the woods. We're told the deputies were outside their cars when the crash happened." Did they get the person they were allegedly looking for?
  • by Native Location: Grantsbor on Feb 21, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Don't yall know the law doesn't apply to LEO's??? Guarantee you I would have receied a ticket. Honestly can't believe they admitted guilt!! Wish someone would research the accidents and incidents LE has been involved in, in the last five years and how many charges and convictions have resulted.
  • by Harriet Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    Thanks for the info Anon. How much are the repairs and which account pays for the repairs?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2011 at 03:38 PM
    Harriet you are right, but the main difference in this case is that it was investigated by an outside agency from the start by the NC Highway Patrol, and then presented to the DA by the highway patrol for review.
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