Deputy hits deer at 117 mph

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 05:38 PM.

A Craven County sheriff’s deputy who was reportedly driving 117 mph hit a deer early Monday morning as he was responding to a wreck. The accident has triggered an internal investigation by sheriff’s officials.

Deputy Andrew Byron Callaway, 41, of New Bern, was responding to a vehicle rollover that was called in to county dispatchers at 1:08 a.m. Monday by OnStar.

Shortly after the initial call for the rollover, the N.C. State Highway Patrol received a call at 1:16 a.m. to an accident involving a deputy’s patrol car hitting a deer.

The deputy’s crash occurred 1.09 miles south of Cove City on Trenton Highway near Heath Swamp Road and Cicero Riggs Road, according to investigating Trooper M.A. Riggs.

According to the trooper’s report, Callaway was traveling south when the 2013 Dodge patrol car he was driving struck a deer in the southbound lane. The car came to a controlled rest on the shoulder of the road.

The report states that Callaway’s vehicle traveled 779 feet after impact with the deer. He was not injured.

Craven County sheriff’s Capt. Joe Heckman said there is a no tolerance policy for driving at such high speed in the department.

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