Trooper May Still Face Charges In Nash County Crash

The Highway Patrol says a trooper may still face charges after they say his state vehicle ran a stop sign and caused an accident.

The completed accident report shows no charges have been filed against Trooper Brandon Johnson because of the October 19th crash in Nash County.

But Highway Patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon tells WITN News that an internal investigation into the accident is not yet complete and that the trooper may or may not be charged pending the outcome of that probe.

The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. at Highway 97 and Strickland Crossroads Road, south of Nashville. Trooper Johnson received minor cuts and abrasions in the crash after his Chevrolet Tahoe rolled over three times down an embankment.

The report says Johnson's marked cruiser was southbound on Strickland Crossroads Road and didn't stop at the flashing red light and stop sign at the intersection. His cruiser and a northbound car on Highway 97 collided.

At the time the Highway Patrol said Johnson was unfamiliar with the area. Damage to the state-owned vehicle was listed at $16,140.

The other driver is a 56-year-old woman from Elm City. When contacted this morning and told that no charges had not yet been filed against the trooper her reaction was "Really?". She declined further comment.

Gordon says the internal inquiry will look into why the trooper failed to stop at the intersection.


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A state trooper is under investigation after authorities say he ran a stop sign and got into an accident.

Trooper Brandon Johnson was treated and released from Nash General Hospital for minor cuts and abrasions.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. in Nash County at Highway 97 and Strickland Crossroads Road. 1st Sergeant Jeff Gordon says after Johnson ran the stop sign the trooper swerved in an attempt to avoid an oncoming car on Highway 97. His Chevrolet Tahoe rolled over three times down an embankment.

The other driver was checked out at Wilson Medical Center. Gordon says Trooper Johnson was unfamiliar with the area and was going the posted speed limit.

The Highway Patrol is conducting an internal investigation while the trooper remains on duty.


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  • by East side LEO Location: East of 95 on Nov 4, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    Let me clear it up for some of the bloggers: After the investigation he gets a written warning for the patrol car collision that stays on his record for 18 months. At worst he might get a day off without pay. The supervisor should have already written the citation. Not much else they are going to do.
  • by Wasn't Me Location: Here on Nov 4, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    Jeff Gordon is a stand up Trooper. Year's ago when I moved to NC, I was breaking the law big time, and I then tried to hide making it worse. My biggest problem, I unhid as Trooper Gordon was coming back after seemingly losing me. BIG MISTAKE! Man he was furious! But after both of us calming down, he wrote me a crazy ticket- but didn't take me to jail which to this day I'm thankful. Oh, I haven't had a ticket since either! 1Sgt Gordon is fair. Hard but fair.
  • by truck driver Location: eastern NC on Nov 1, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    Was wondering if this was a DOT officer and if he was texting, or on his computer? Wonder just how many laws are broken by LEO's everyday, and who holds them accountable, Look at his text messages and find out if he was texting during this time of the accident,
  • by Concerned citizen on Oct 30, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    Let's see if Governor Beverly Purdue let's this trooper's charges get slipped under the rug. If he committed the crime then he should pay the fine! It dosen't matter what badge he wears or title he has. If I ran a stop sign I would be charged with failure to stop at a stop sign. Another good example of our NC Highway Patrol not leading by example. The Highway Patrol speeds almost everywhere they drive but wants to ticket everyone going 10 mph over the speed limit.
  • by take a deep breath on Oct 30, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    i agree that he should be ticketed.. however i think people need to calm down and remember the timeline on an internal investigation.. its procedure and it has to be followed to the t.. like it or not, they have to do their job on things like this, as well.. they can't go around this investigation because the trooper admitted fault any more than they can circumvent the procedures they follow in other investigations.. give them time and consider the thought that not every thing is a conspiracy.. and on a personal note, if i was unfamiliar with a wooded, non-lit area and focused only on the flashing light, not the stop sign, who knows if i would've had ran it or not.. i'm just glad that both people involved are ok! remember it's easier to hate than forgive, take the high road.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    i've made mistakes when i have driven... and for that i got a ticket from the highway patrol... when a trooper makes a mistake...it is covered up... 2 sets of laws... 1 for those who wear a badge... 1 for those who dont wear a badge... you want respect... then live by the laws you enforce
  • by Larry Location: Kinston on Oct 28, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    What's being familiar with the area have to do with his running a stop sign...with flashing lights no less? Does being in a different area change the color, shape, and appearance of a stop sign? Typical good ol' boy network trying to put a favorable spin on the situation. Give him a ticket. Oughta make him pay the taxpayer's back for totaling a taxpayer owned car.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    Give him a ticket already! Oh yeah, and make him pay for the Tahoe. I bet that will give him reason enough to pay more attention to his surroundings. Wait a minute, is that not part of his job to begin with?
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    All the folks commenting about how nice he is and how others will immediately call LE when they need them are right. Folks will call them because thats what they pay them to do. It's their job! How can anyone fault others for simply wanting this trooper to receive the same treatment we would get?? Yes he makes mistakes and so do I but I don't go out and write other people tickets for their mistakes.
  • by Belinda Location: Greene County on Oct 27, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    I have known Trooper Brandon Johnson for many years. He is one of the finest people I know. For all of you who are downing him...well I am sure none of you have made a mistake while driving. Remember he is human, and unfortnatley we all make mistakes. I stand behind to the fullest!!! For all you people trying to make him look like a villian, well those who have never made a mistakes, I think you need to regroup and tell the truth!!! Brandon, I stand behind you to the fullest!!! And always remember you are one of the best NCHP that I have ever worked with. Take care, everything will work out in your favor!!!!!!!
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      by ENOUGH on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to Belinda
      I don't care what kind of fine upstanding person he is. He made a mistake we got that. There are a lot of fine upstanding people out there that make a mistake and guess what they get tickets. GIVE HIM HIS
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        by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to ENOUGH
        Yea, you on a witch hunt over a ticket...(THIS WAS A ACCIDENT!!!) What about he puts his life on the line everyday to help save lives and protect people...
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