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Deputy impaled by branch in ear during Wake County chase

Posted January 17
Updated January 18

— An officer was hospitalized Tuesday night after sustaining injuries during the course of a chase in Wake County.

The chase began at about 8 p.m. when a trooper noticed the suspect's vehicle running a stoplight in Clayton.

Officers from several agencies were in pursuit of the suspect in the area of Rock Quarry Road and Whitfield Road, when the car ran off the road and came to a rest about 200-feet into a wooded area.

The suspect then jumped and ran from a vehicle and an officer began to chase the suspect on foot.

State Troopers said a Wake County sheriff's deputy fell into the side of a tree at some point during the chase and was impaled in the ear and neck by a branch. She was taken to WakeMed with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities said the vehicle involved in the chase was reported stolen in Durham on Jan. 10. The suspect was still at large Tuesday night.


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  • Jim Dunn Jan 18, 2017
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    This occurred while the deputy was searching on foot with the use of a K9 unit and not an automotive crash. The dog reacted to something and pulled her into the tree branch.

    Something that happens to many of us. Glad it wasn't more serious.

  • Ed Livesay Jan 17, 2017
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    Prayers for her recovery...