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Highway Patrol trooper struck by own cruiser on I-95 in Cumberland County

Posted July 3
Updated July 5

— A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was injured after being struck by his own cruiser Monday afternoon in Cumberland County.

Authorities said Trooper Oxendine was standing outside his cruiser, investigating a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 near exit 49, when a car driven by 50-year-old Katherine Carolina Humphries, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, ran off the road and struck the patrol car from behind.

When the patrol car was hit, it spun forward and to the side, striking Oxendine, who flew several feet in the air and landed on his back, authorities said.

Oxendine and the driver from the initial single-vehicle crash were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for back injuries.

A tow truck driver, identified as Daniel Chapman, of Fayetteville, was not hurt.

Police said the woman, was impaired on prescription medications at the time of the crash. She was charged with DWI, driving without a license and failure to reduce speed and was cited with a registration and inspection violation.

The woman was released to her father.


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  • Jeff Freuler Jul 4, 4:05 p.m.
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    After reading the headline and the article I'd say someone needs to find another line of work as this story was not at all well written

  • Deborah Turner Jul 4, 3:30 p.m.
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    The way the headline reads, a person would think somehow the Trooper was at fault.

  • Linda Tally Jul 4, 12:12 p.m.
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    Found her talking about this on her Facebook page - along with some stated plans that explain why she might have been released to her father's care and not simply jailed. Still... with no license, registration, and other requirements, let's hope she stays off the road!

  • Henry Cooper Jul 4, 10:20 a.m.
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    "Katherine Humphries, 50, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina ran off the road into the median and then hit the patrol car, officials said."

    I have no idea how WRAL decides what details to post. The above is from another news outlet (WNCN).

  • Linda Tally Jul 4, 7:28 a.m.
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    Whoa - no age given for this "woman," and after whacking three people, ramming a LEO vehicle, and a whole stack of violations concerning her condition. So... begs the question. Just who IS her father?