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Durham deputy injured in rollover wreck

Posted September 25, 2012

— A Durham County deputy suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when he wrecked his patrol car while trying to avoid a head-on collision with another vehicle.

The sheriff’s office said Deputy Kenneth Baker, 34, was taken to Duke University Hospital as a precaution.

The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. on Red Mountain Road near Hampton Road.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Leslie Roberts, 40, of Bahama, crossed the center line and that Baker drove on the right shoulder of the road to avoid a collision. Baker then over-corrected and drove off the left side of the road, where his car overturned on an embankment, troopers said.

No charges have been filed in the crash.


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  • wral suks bauls Sep 26, 2012

    Some of the comments really show me the "level" most residents are at. Many people will scream about a deer running out or someone crossing the line.

    This story clearly states the name of the driver that crossed the line - so obviously this person was decent enough to admit their mistake and stop to assist the deputy. Use some common sense if that's possible people......

  • vile garbage Sep 26, 2012

    I agree, 95% of law enforcement is crooked in some sort of way. That is actually a generous number.

  • btneast Sep 25, 2012

    If the cop had swerved to avoid the animal in the road and the other driver swerved, hit a ditch and flipped you can bet your bottom dollar the cop wouldn't be facing charges, so why on earth would this driver???

    If you cross a solid center line, you are at fault, regradless of the reason.

  • dukefan4216 Sep 25, 2012

    I read everyone's comments all the time and I keep my mouth shut. This time I wish people where more concerned about how everyone is doing now, then what the deputy did or didn't do right or wrong.

  • crustyhalo Sep 25, 2012

    Just for the record, anytime there is personal injury ,somebody gets a ticket !

  • crustyhalo Sep 25, 2012

    Good driving skills by the deputy may have saved the other drivers life and his own.This deputy in a split second chose to drive onto the shoulder of the road to avoid colliding with this other vehicle. ASK YOUSELF THIS "WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU SEE ANOTHER CAR ABOUT TO HIT YOU HEAD ON ?" Thats what I thought !

  • mike honcho Sep 25, 2012


    Next time someone is breaking in your house, dont call a cop, he/she might speed or blow through some lights to get there, just deal with it yourself.

  • Whatever Geez Sep 25, 2012

    What is frustrating is people who come up here and make bad comments about cops like that DA comment JDAmbrosio is making.

  • Scubagirl Sep 25, 2012

    Glad everyone is relatively OK. Sometimes accidents DO just happen.