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Chatham deputy crashes patrol car on way to call

Posted March 22, 2010 7:45 a.m. EDT
Updated March 22, 2010 11:17 a.m. EDT

— 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.

"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.