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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