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Chatham deputy crashes patrol car on way to call

Posted March 22, 2010

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— A Chatham County deputy lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a sign and a tree shortly before 6 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 1 near Exit 79 while responding to a call.

Deputy Jon Purvis was taken to UNC Hospitals with injuries. He was conscious and alert, according to a statement from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

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"Medical staff are currently conducting numerous tests and so far all have came back negative to serious injury," sheriff's officials said.

Purvis had his emergency lights on and was responding to a call about inmates who were being transported from Union County. One of the inmates started beating his head on a window, so the driver pulled off U.S. 1 and called for help, Trooper Chris Black said.

Purvis, a native of New Hanover County, has been with the Chatham County Sheriff's Office for 22 months.

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  • Lightfoot3 Mar 23, 2010

    Definitely driving beyond his ability, or too fast for conditions. Might need more training. Also wonder if he should be charged with reckless driving (could a civilian be charged?).

  • Journey985 Mar 23, 2010

    "By the way geniuses, the inmate was attempting to escape. just so we're clear...." Just so we're clear leo-nc...this officer was unable to help stop that escape attempt, and neither were the rest of the officers that had to respond to this crash...just so we're clear, had he been driving a bit slower perhaps he would not have crashed, just so we're clear, had he been driving slower the county would not have to spend money on a new cruiser, Are we CLEAR now??

  • wakeconative4ever Mar 22, 2010

    NCSHP trains for 2 weeks on driving only and recertifies each year with a one week refresher course. I do agree that BLET needs more training in driving.

  • thepeopleschamp Mar 22, 2010

    "You did read that but you didnt read it good enough because it was the feds that brought the charges not the locals." gandalla

    So the FBI isn't law enforcement? In regards to your FBI shout out, I have nothing but the upmost respect for the FBI, but you do know that a large portion of their cases are gift wrapped completed cases handed to them by locals because the federal courts give more prison time than state courts. You did know that didn't you?

  • gandalla Mar 22, 2010

    What? Do you seriously think that or are you joking? So the first responders arrival at a crime scene isn't important to the DA? LOL!!! Still waiting for you to share in what profession do your actual expertise exist?
    anitov

    I refer you back to the bank robbery. Sure they arrived their first but as soon as the big dogs arrived they were told to get out.

  • gandalla Mar 22, 2010

    Didn't I just read about the Durham officer convicted? Hmmm, who could have charged him if there is a universal cover up? What evidence, other than your humble opinion, do you have for a crash cover up? I'm willing to listen.
    anitov

    You did read that but you didnt read it good enough because it was the feds that brought the charges not the locals.

  • gandalla Mar 22, 2010

    someone asked this earlier but none of the cops answered. But according to the website I found only 40 hours of the BLET are dedicated to driver training. And of those 40 hours some of it is dedicated to vehicle crash investigation. So the answer is less than one week of training dedicated to driving and no requirement for continuing education on this skill, this really explains alot.

  • thepeopleschamp Mar 22, 2010

    "Oh that's right, if a brother in blue investigates a brother in blue, there's OBVIOUSLY NOT going to be any BIAS." tater

    Didn't I just read about the Durham officer convicted? Hmmm, who could have charged him if there is a universal cover up? What evidence, other than your humble opinion, do you have for a crash cover up? I'm willing to listen.

  • thepeopleschamp Mar 22, 2010

    "aHUH all the information the DA uses comes from the investigator they could care less what the ticket writting officer thought." gandalla

    What? Do you seriously think that or are you joking? So the first responders arrival at a crime scene isn't important to the DA? LOL!!! Still waiting for you to share in what profession do your actual expertise exist?

  • Tater Salad Returns Mar 22, 2010

    Remember, cops are infallible."---Nukka

    Well at least you admit to the truth now. You've come a long way :) - leo-nc

    Now if only the HP would admit to the truth of rigging collision reports that involve their own we would REALLY be getting somewhere!

    Oh that's right, if a brother in blue investigates a brother in blue, there's OBVIOUSLY NOT going to be any BIAS. It's just good, honest police work! Stop questioning citizen, you do not have the 6 months of class certification this rocket scientist for the highway patrol has!

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