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Domestic Dispute Call Spurs Bizarre Chain of Events

Posted July 27, 1998

— There was a strange turn of events Monday night in Franklin County. It all began with a domestic dispute and ended in three separate accidents involving patrol cars.

Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Edward King was responding as a backup to the call, and was driving at a high rate of speed with his cruiser's lights and siren on. When he came over a hill on Highway 401, seven miles north of Louisburg, he struck a car that was slowing and pulling over to let him by.

The driver of that car, Deborah Kay Babb of Henderson, is now in serious condition at Duke University Hospitals. King was not injured. No citations have been issued in connection with that accident.

At about the same time, a responding deputy was involved in a two car crash on Highway 401 in Louisburg. The crash and injuries were serious, and Louisburg police responded to the scene and set up traffic road-blocks. Few other details are available.

A short time later, a car driven by an elderly man plowed into a Louisburg police patrol car that had been parked in a traffic control position with its lights flashing. The elderly man was cited, but was not injured.

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