D.A. Says Deputy Lied; Charged In Fatal Crash

A Craven County deputy sheriff has been charged in a fatal car crash nearly two weeks ago that killed a woman.

Deputy Bradley Tabor has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and reckless driving. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says a Highway Patrol investigation shows Tabor was driving his cruiser at an estimated 100 miles per hour when he collided with Mildred Worley's van on U.S. 70. Thomas says the deputy was not responding to an emergency call, nor were his blue lights or siren on. The D.A. says the deputy lied about Worley's vehicle being stopped in the highway with its lights out.

The accident happened around 4:15 a.m. on June 11th east of James City.

Thomas says the deputy had been dispatched to a call, but minutes before the collision he had been told to disregard. The D.A. says there was plenty of time for Tabor to slow down to the posted speed limit of 55 m.p.h.

The investigation shows the woman's van was traveling about 50 miles per hour and she had her lights on.

Tabor has an August 23rd court date.

Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette say Tabor tried to resign Friday, but failed to give proper notice. He was subsequently fired from the department.

Monette says he's sorry to the Worley family and the Craven County community. He feels there's been a violation of the public trust. "There are times when out officers need to exceed the posted speed limit. But this time was not one of those times," the sheriff told WITN News.

Monette says Tabor is a fine young man who made a terrible judgment call.


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