Hoke deputy injured, faulted in crash
Posted May 29, 2015
Raeford, N.C. — A Hoke County deputy was seriously injured Friday morning in a crash in Fayetteville, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.
Sgt. Samuel Morant Jr. was being treated for possible head injuries at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, Peterkin said, but his condition wasn't disclosed.
The crash occurred on Raeford Road at Laneridge Way at about 8 a.m. Morant was charged with failing to see before turning from a direct line, the sheriff said.
Peterkin also said that Morant, who was on duty at the time, violated department policy by leaving Hoke County "without permission and unofficially for reasons unknown."
Morant is a patrol supervisor and left his squad unsupervised and didn't notify communications via radio that he was heading to Fayetteville, Peterkin said.
"Officers are trained consistently on driving precautions, rules, regulations, policies and procedures," Peterkin said in a statement. "I personally meet with administrative staff as well as the deputies to keep an open communication in hopes to ensure that all Hoke County Sheriff Office personnel (are) doing the right thing all the time. This type of behavior will not be tolerated."