Motorcyclist crashes into deputy’s car

Published 8:36 am Thursday, December 8, 2016

A motorcyclist being chased by a Mocksville police officer crashed into a Davie sheriff’s patrol car last week.

The suspect, whose name was not available at press time, was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Mocksville police have warrants to serve him upon his release, said  Major P.A. Reagan.

The incident started at about  9:48 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 on South Main Street when Officer Nelson Rhodes clocked on radar a motorcycle drive by at 65 mph in a 35 mph zone, said Major Nelson Turrentine.

A chase pursued onto Valley Road.

Davie Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Crotts heard the chase on the radio, and stationed his car on Yadkinville Road in the center turn lane, with the front left tire on the line, said Sheriff’s Chief J.D. Hartman.

A dash camera from Crotts’ car shows a truck coming toward him, and then it turned abruptly to the right at the curb, Hartman said. When that happened, the motorcyclist, traveling behind the truck, tried to go around to the left and a bright light hit the camera, he said, and Crotts attempted to move his patrol car.

The motorcycle hit the patrol car in the front left quarterpanel, and scraped along its side, Hartman said.

Turrentine said more information about the wreck, including the suspect’s name, could be found on the highway patrol report. A call to the highway patrol had not been returned at press time.

Police are conducting an internal investigation into the incident, Reagan said.