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Trooper Injured in Car Chase in Harnett County

Posted September 8, 2007
Updated September 9, 2007

— A state trooper was injured Saturday evening during a car chase in Harnett County, the Highway Patrol said.

Trooper Bryan Barbour attempted to pull over a car for speeding on Red Hill Church Road in Coats. The driver refused to pull over, and Barbour pursued the car, authorities said.

Barbour was going around a curve when he saw the car slowing to pull into a driveway. He swerved to avoid the car and ran into a ditch.

Barbour was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn for an injured arm and was later released.

According to the HIghway Patrol, two people jumped out of the car and ran into the woods, but authorities were able to apprehend the passenger.

Troopers also said they had received information about the driver and expected to make an arrest. They plan to charge the driver with speeding, driving while impaired and aggressive driving.

The Harnett County's Sheriff's Office, which assisted in the search, has not released the name of either suspect.


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  • srtwife Sep 10, 2007

    Show some RESPECT for those that are willing to do a job that most of you wouldn't ever consider doing. Trooper Barbour did his job, and the low life criminals that led him on the chase (therefore causing the crash and his injuries in the first place), are being brought to justice. There are laws in place for a reason and if you choose to disobey them then you have to be prepared to suffer the consequences. The criminals should be ashamed of the life they are leading, they have no purpose. Trooper Barbour, thank you for being selfless- I hope you recover quickly. Your wife's post said it all... couldn't have said it better myself!

  • imacopiceman Sep 10, 2007

    To GodBlessGreyGods I hope & pray your husband has a speedy and full recovery. Don't pay any attention to the chuckle heads who post negative comments. We both know it's not their friends they are going to call at 3:am when they hear someone creeping around in their house..

  • anonemoose Sep 10, 2007

    Somebody mentioned getting the tag number. Yes, you can get the tag number and charge the owner, but very, very few of those cases get convictions because usually the owner will have on of his thug buds, or mother give him an alibi, plus it's been proven time and time again that just because the officers stops pursing a perp, that they will continue to run at the same speeds, and in the same manner. There are several pending lawsuits now against officers and departments that chose to discontinue a pursuit and the perp continued on and killed somebody a couple of miles down the road. Being a LEO is the only job I know of where you are so D---ed if you do, D---ed if you don't. I'm just glad there is federal law to protect me if I do.

  • anonemoose Sep 10, 2007

    The Trooper may not have made a mistake. In pursuit driving, you can't always drive at a speed that allows you to stop or avoid every obstacle, or to be able to make sure that there isn't one around the next curve. The perp isn't, and if you did you never would catch one, and then EVERYBODY would run. Things happen in pursuits, and this was one of them, and believe it or not, it is a more common than the public knows tactic among the lower levels for a perp to run around a sharp curve and stop, knowing that more times than not, the LEO will crash his car off the road rather than hit another vehicle, and then flee the scene. I'm glad the Trooper will be okay, and he knows he has the love and support of his brother officers. He took the same risk that we take everyday. We take this risk voluntarily, knowing that some do gooder will be right there to tell us how we did our job wrong every day, but this IS our job, and we do it because we love it.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sep 9, 2007

    "The fact is they can not arrest you for impaired driving with out a test of some sort"

    The fact is they can arrest someone without a test. There is nothing in the law that says you have to have a test. I seriously doubt they would ever get a conviction in this case though.

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 9, 2007

    To all those who are experts about Law Enforcement from behind their keyboards, I invite you to simply mention where it is you work so we can give our opinion of your organization.

  • raypope2004 Sep 9, 2007


    Yes the guy was a friend and merchant in Dunn.

    It happened about 5 miles south of yesterday's accident.

  • joey2 Sep 9, 2007

    Bless you Trooper. Get well soon.

  • Bat Man Sep 9, 2007

    Trooper Barbour, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery.

  • Bat Man Sep 9, 2007

    Brother I wish you a quick recovery. You are in my thoughts and prayers.