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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