Alamance County Deputy Being Treated For Multiple Injuries After Weekend Wreck
Posted February 3, 2003 11:40 a.m. EST
BURLINGTON, N.C. — According to the Alamance County Sheriff's Office, Deputy M.L. Wilburn was in fair condition at UNC Hospitals on Sunday night after being injured in a wreck that occurred during a high-speed chase.
Wilburn reportedly suffered a crushed right ankle, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding, broken ribs and a shoulder injury. Sheriff Terry Johnson said the deputy was awake, alert and in good spirits as he awaited surgery Sunday night.
Johnson said a deputy who was riding with Wilburn also was injured when Wilburn's patrol car went off the side of N.C. 49 during pursuit of a suspect in a car break-in Friday night.
The patrol car struck an embankment and a utility pole. The accident brought down a power line, and rescue crews had to wait an hour for Duke Power to disconnect the line before getting the deputies out of the car.
The other deputy, identified as D.E. Baldwin, reportedly was treated for a concussion and facial lacerations. He was released from the hospital Saturday morning.
According to Johnson, an internal investigation by his office uncovered no wrongdoing by the deputies.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Wilburn was driving about 70 miles per hour when he slid off the wet road as he tried to navigate a curve.
The policy of the Alamance County Sheriff's Office sets a maximum chase speed of 75 miles per hour.
Deputies reportedly are still searching for the driver of the car that was being pursued by Wilburn and Baldwin, which kept going after the deputies wrecked.