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Simpson Police Chief Cleared, Talks With WITN

A state law enforcement commission board met Wednesday to decide whether the Simpson police chief can keep his certification.

Simpson Police Chief John Waters was cleared of shooting a man last October. Waters was also involved in two crashes this year, including one in which he ran into a house and was hospitalized for weeks.

Waters told WITN News that the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission cleared him.

Waters told us, "I was very nervous. You really don't know what's gonna happen when you're up against a board re-evaluating you, looking into what you've done. On a positive note I guess, I've been cleared, and I'll be able to go back to work."

Last year a grand jury decided not to indict the chief after he shot a man.

Waters is still recovering from an auto crash in August where his police cruiser crashed into a house.

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The Simpson police chief is now home recovering following an accident last month.

John Waters had been hospitalized since August 25th- that's when troopers said he crashed his police vehicle into a home on Harrell Street in Pitt County.

Highway Patrol says the car hit the home at 50 mph. They say Waters was at a stop sign when he went from 0 to 50 mph in less than 50 yards.

Waters is using a wheelchair at this time, but his wife says they're hoping to get him walking again in the next few weeks.

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Simpson Police Chief John Waters had to be hospitalized Friday night after crashing his police vehicle into a home on Harrell Street in Pitt County.

According to the homeowners it happened around 10:30 p.m. They tell WITN they were watching TV in their living room when they heard a loud crash. The homeowners did not want to be identified.

Highway Patrol says the car hit the home at 50 mph. They say Waters was at a stop sign when he went from 0 to 50 mph in less than 50 yards.

Troopers say Waters was transported to Vidant Medical Center with injuries.

Troopers say drugs and alcohol were not involved.

Back on July 28th Waters was hospitalized after another wreck. At the time Waters said his vehicle hydroplaned then struck a tree near Portertown Rd. and Fire Tower Rd.


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