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Person County Deputy Hospitalized After Chase, Crash

Posted March 9, 2008
Updated March 10, 2008

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— A Person County deputy remained in the hospital Sunday after losing control of his cruiser during a chase.

“Before they even turned the lights on, the guy started trying to evade, trying to get away from him (the deputy),” Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said.

Deputies were after Joshua Adam Campbell, 23, for violating his probation and to serve a misdemeanor warrant.

Jones said the chase started when Sgt. Mitch Carr tried to stop Campbell on Mollie Mooney Road at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The chase went on for roughly 10 miles and reached speeds of nearly 100 mph. Carr's cruiser then ran off Denny’s Store Road and hit several trees near the Person-Granville county line.

“The officers that were close by, actually passed the scene where he (Carr) was, because you couldn't tell where he had run off the road,” Jones said.

Campbell kept going. Deputies found his 2001 Mercury Sable parked at his mother's house in Vance County. She said she didn't know where he was.

Campbell was arrested at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. He faces a slew of charges, including reckless driving, fleeing arrest, felony hit and run, failure to stop for an injured person and speeding. He was being held Sunday night on a $450,000 bond.

Carr, 40, was transported by helicopter to Duke University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Carr had a punctured lung, collapsed lung and broken bones.

“Everyone that's been to the scene said he's a very lucky man,” Jones said.

Carr has worked in law enforcement for 15 years.

Jones said even though the chase happened in a rural area, other cars were on the road and could have been hit. In response, the sheriff's department plans to review its police chase policy in the coming weeks.

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  • leo-nc Mar 12, 2008

    rallen, get over yourself. Listen to your own words. And why are you yelling so much?

    Since you're the expert, lets hear your version of what should happen.

  • They call me CATMAN Mar 11, 2008

    leo-nc YOU ACT LIKE IF WE HAVE NEVER BEEN A POLICE OFFICER WE CAN'T COMMENT ON SOMETHING. AND I WAS JUST COMMENTING ON WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN THE STORY. SO I GUESS IF YOUR NOT A TEACHER YOU CAN'T COMMENT ON WHAT IS GOING ON AT YOUR KIDS SCHOOL. OR YOUR NOT A REPORTER YOU CAN'T COMMENT ON A NEWS STORY. GIVE ME A BREAK.

  • leo-nc Mar 10, 2008

    srallen - What issue do you have with wcnc and jrl211 other than they are right?

  • They call me CATMAN Mar 10, 2008

    wcnc GET OVER YOURSELF

  • They call me CATMAN Mar 10, 2008

    jrl211 LIKE YOU SAID WE DID NOT GET THE FULL STORY. YOUR SNIDE REMARKS ARE NOT CALLED FOR.

  • jrl211 Mar 10, 2008

    Some of the comments that have been made are very uncalled for. The deputy, who is a great deputy, was doing his job!!! What you people did hear of, was the person he was chasing had threatened to kill someone earlier. SO...until you have heard the entire story, you need to keep comments like some of those you have written to yourself. You obviously know nothing about law enforcement work. There is always more to the story than what you hear about and what people tell you. Law enforcement officers risk their lives everyday to keep criminals off the street. Thats more than a LOT of people will do.

  • wcnc Mar 10, 2008

    Avenger- You clearly are clueless on how police chases work. If the cop is behing the criminal's car trying to pull it over, should he be so far behind that he can stop or should he be close enough to actually pull the CRIMINAL over?? Seems instead of the cop being at fault, the CRIMINAL is at fault for committing the crime so that he has a warrant, fleeing a cop trying to pull him over, and slamming on his brake which he was probably doing to cause the cop to wreck.

  • wcnc Mar 10, 2008

    "The officer saw the chance to drive fast in a situation that doesn't call for it." Says you, the non-cop..

    "Eventually the gentlemen would have been caught sooner or later." Says you, the non-cop...and after he committed how many other crimes!!

    "Today the gentleman is in good health sitting in jail and the officer is in the hospital for his mistake."

    Yes, today the cop is in the hospital because of the CRIMINAL'S mistake to elude arrest.

    "The officer should be charged for driving over 100 mph just to serve a warrant."

    He wasn't SERVING a warrant, the criminal HAD a warrant. There IS a difference, but non-cops wouldn't know that.

  • wcnc Mar 10, 2008

    Just because the article states that speeds of 100 mph were reached, that doesn't mean the entire chase was at 100 mph, people!!! What if the cop turned around on a car going 60....he turns around at 10 mph and then has to catch up, probably going 100 to get there and then maybe chasing at 60-80, depending on how fast the CRIMINAL is going......Most people running have more than a misdemeanor warrant....and they know it...

    I hope the deputy heals up quickly.

  • wcnc Mar 10, 2008

    "Something has got to be done now to stop these high speed pursuits"

    I really wish those criminals would just stop running from the police.You know, this guy KNEW that he had a warrant and I bet he probably had more than that. That is usually the case.
    What only the police seem to realize is that the criminals keep running because they can and if chases stop, more criminals will run because no one will be able to stop them. Cutting out chases is a RIDICULOUS solution to the problem of CRIMINALS running from the police. How about lobbying for tougher penalties for running?? How about taking some time to work with highrisk juveniles to maybe show them a way other than crime?? Keeping the police from doing their job is NOT the answer. It's not as easy to find these guys as you think and sometimes when you see them, you've got to go and get them.

    And if police don't chase these guys and they commit another crime, you'll be blaming the police for NOT stopping these criminals!!!

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