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Sampson Deputy Injured When Pursuit Ends in Crash

Posted April 3, 2007
Updated April 4, 2007

— A Sampson County deputy was injured in a crash during a vehicle pursuit late Tuesday evening.

Authorities said the accident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. on N.C. Highway 242 in Roseboro. During the pursuit, Deputy Charlie Bradshaw's vehicle went off Butler Island Road, hitting a tree. He was treated and released from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after sustaining minor injuries.

Bradshaw was pursuing Joshua David Carter, who authorities said, stole a white, crew-cab GMC Sierra 2500HD pickup truck in Salemburg. Authorities said Carter, who was wanted on a parole violation, later eluded his pursuers.

Investigators said Carter has an extensive criminal history with violence. He faces a number of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving to endanger and fleeing to elude arrest.

Anyone with any information on Carter's whereabouts is asked to contact the Sampson County Sheriff's Office or the Roseboro Police Department.


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  • NC Born Apr 4, 2007

    raeannsimpson, that is one of the biggest problems our officers have on a daily basis.... 70% of the drivers out there have no idea what to do when they see blue lights coming....instead of pulling to the right and stopping they seem to either do nothing, put their hands up in the air, or slam on the brakes infront of them. I don't know if this type of problem contributed to this wreck but it does contribute to a good number of the ones I've seen or heard about.

  • raeannsimpson Apr 4, 2007

    Amen to rpdwife05. I agree with you wholeheartedly. The chase last night went right by my house, however I do not live on the road that the officer wrecked on. That was the second chase to come by our home this year and an officer wrecked in the previous chase also. I have noticed that alot of people have no respect for our LEO's or for our EMT's and VFD's. Nine times out of ten, they get held up by people who refuse to get out of the way. The same goes for funeral processions also. What happened to our good 'ole southern respect and manners? I am 24, but I still pull over for funeral processions but not many do that anymore. People need to remember that they might be the ones everyone is rushing to help one day, get out of the way of our LEO's, EMT's, and VFD's. Thanks you guys for protecting us!

  • Lightfoot Apr 4, 2007

    I guess only the police and their wives know what's best for the community.


    One of many!

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 4, 2007

    The updated story says that the criminal eluded arrest. So, according to some wannabe experts here, a Deputy should just be able to drive up to his house and knock on the door and he will be ready to be arrested and all of his family and friends will be there to see to it he is taken into custody, right??? It's simply that easy, right??? In the words or Borat...NOT!!! More than likely he will run again and again until he is captured, no matter who it hurts, because it's the criminal (not the Police) that does not care about you and your families safety.

  • Lightfoot Apr 4, 2007


    I’m sure the LAPD Rampart Division would have agreed with you wholeheartedly.

  • rpdwife05 Apr 4, 2007

    Thank you Deputy Bradshaw for your service. I only hope one day people will appreciate LEO's for the job they do. Instead there are internet blog warriors claiming they know whats best for the community and ask for a wanted criminal not to be chased. Personally I trust our men in blue. People would not run from the Police unless they had a good reason. 9 times out of 10 they aren't running because they don't want a ticket, there is more to it. If you don't stop you should be pursued and charged PERIOD. Otherwise as a society we would be saying its ok to break the rules, go ahead nothing will happen. Then we really would have a problem on our hands. People have no scope of what a LEO really experiences. As a wife of a LEO, I hear what really goes on. If everyone saw what my husband sees people would think the rapture was coming today. Thanks guys for a job well done, you all are in my prayers nightly.

  • neason2001 Apr 4, 2007


    Are You a police officer? If not let them do thier job. Its not your place or anyone else on this forum to tell them how to do their jobs. They have policies in place to follow, and if they do not follow them then they have to answer to their superiors, Not you.

  • Heelz1 Apr 4, 2007

    glad to hear the Deputy is ok..

  • narck9 Apr 4, 2007

    I think we all see what you mean Historian.

  • Friend Apr 4, 2007

    Lightfoot, maybe I am not comprehending what you are trying to say. What I am saying is that I trust the officer to do their job correctly unless that trust is broken.