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Woman steals Good Samaritan's SUV after I-40 crash

Posted May 7

— Three people were charged after a crash near Morrisville early Sunday morning.

According to officials with the State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate-40 at Exit 284 for Airport Boulevard around 2 a.m.

Highway Patrol troopers said three cars were involved in the crash and when a Good Samaritan stopped to offer help, 24-year-old Lauren Starks, a Duke nurse and passenger in one of the vehicles, stole the Good Samaritan's SUV.

Starks was charged with DWI and auto theft.

The driver of the car Starks was in was also charged with DWI as well as driving with a revoked license.

Another driver involved in the crash was charged with DWI. Drug charges against that driver are pending, authorities said.


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  • Sara Hauser May 8, 11:44 a.m.
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    From the NC Nurse Practice Act. NC is a mandatory reporting state.
    Commonly Reported Conduct Allegations
    the conduct allegations most frequently reported to the Board include:
    • Drug related issues, including DWI charges
    • Impairment on duty
    • Theft
    • Boundary violations • Breach of confidentiality and inappropriate access to patient information

  • Sara Hauser May 8, 11:39 a.m.
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    Yes, Andrew-if they don't catch it before, they will when she goes to renew her license. As an RN, I have to certify I have not had any convictions other than a minor traffic ticket.


    As required by the North Carolina Nursing Practice Act, applicants for nurse licensure as specified below are required to undergo a fingerprint-based State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history check:
    Applicant seeking licensure by examination (NCLEX).
    Applicants seeking licensure by endorsement (reciprocity).
    Applicants seeking reinstatement of a North Carolina license expired 6 months or longer.

  • Andrew Stephenson May 8, 11:28 a.m.
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    Wait, are nursing licenses contingent on something related to this incident?

  • Sara Hauser May 8, 8:49 a.m.
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    She can kiss her nursing license good-bye.
    Nursing school is way too challenging to lose your career by such poor choices.