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Bees swarm deputy's cruiser in Wake County

Posted August 17, 2010
Updated October 12, 2011

A Wake County sheriff's deputy found himself in the middle of a swarm of bees Tuesday when he went to check on a report of a disabled truck near the Smithfield Road exit off U.S. Highway 64.

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The truck, pulling a trailer of honeybee hives being moved from Mount Airy to Rocky Mount, broke down before dawn, said Phyllis Stephens, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. When the sun rose and the bees became active, they began to fly around.

Deputy Brandon Jenkins took shelter in his car, which was quickly covered with the bees.

bees Deputy's car covered in bees

The sheriff's office called for help from local beekeeper Charles Heatherly and Jennifer Keller, from the apiculture department at North Carolina State University. The experts spritzed the bees with sugar water and coaxed many of them back into boxes for transport.

Those that remained on the deputy's car were scattered as he drove away, Stephens said. 


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  • Justin T. Aug 19, 2010

    I think the truck driver wasn't minding his beezwax.

  • OHn8tive Aug 18, 2010

    Why did he not just drive off and get the bees off his car?
    The original article stated that he did try to drive, but the bees did not leave.

  • ContinuityMan Aug 18, 2010

    WRAL missed a golden headline opportunity here - "Police Setup Elaborate Sting Operation"...

  • rnsjr Aug 18, 2010

    oh honey, please stop.

  • Hammerhead Aug 18, 2010

    "Why did he not just drive off and get the bees off his car?"
    They were probably in every nook and crannie of the car, including the door gaps, meaning some could have gotten inside the car. Not a good idea to drive with bees crawling all over you, whether they are stinging or not. They did the right thing.

  • Ambygirl Aug 18, 2010

    It's nice to hear about some good news for a change!! And no one got hurt! And yes cari- it is newsworthy. Not all news needs to be about killing or rape or car crashes or other horrible things. I think it really helped to lighten up the day. And NCStatePack--------you really have some issues!! You'd probably be the fool out there swatting and swinging at them and getting stung! Use your brain if you can find it!!

  • ger Aug 18, 2010

    its obvious that ACORN is in wake county

  • homefree Aug 18, 2010

    Why did he not just drive off and get the bees off his car?

  • DontAnnoyMe Aug 17, 2010

    "The article says he was sitting on the side of the road when the bees attacked his car." - NCStatePack

    Read much? It doesn't say that at all. It says "Deputy Brandon Jenkins took shelter in his car" - after the bees started swarming.

  • oldrebel Aug 17, 2010

    re: Previous comments..."Where are all the cop bashers? A basher would be like, this is the cops fault. If he wouldn't have stopped to help this person then this would've never happened. He should be fired for disturbing all of these poor bees.

    I can't believe the LEO bashers haven't jumped in on this article and somehow blamed LEO's for the situation!"

    Wow...Some people have serious issues.