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Trooper rushes driver to hospital after traffic stop

Posted August 1, 2011 11:31 a.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2011 4:35 p.m. EDT

— A state Highway Patrol trooper was being hailed Monday for his quick thinking in rushing an ill driver to Pitt County Memorial Hospital after a traffic stop.

Trooper W.D. Coley was on patrol on Stantonsburg Road at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday when he stopped a Jeep that was operating in an erratic manner. He determined that the 54-year-old driver was suffering from a serious medical condition and experiencing breathing difficulties, authorities said.

Coley immediately contacted EMS but decided to transport the driver himself to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, authorities said. As soon as he arrived at the hospital, medical personnel began treating the woman and were able to stabilize her condition, authorities said.