Deputy who hit deer at 117 mph fired

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 09:13 AM.

A Craven County sheriff’s deputy who struck a deer while speeding at 117 mph in response to a call early Monday has been fired.

Deputy Andrew Bryon Callaway, 41, was dismissed just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to county officials.

Sheriff’s Capt. Joe Heckman said the department has a no tolerance policy for excessive speed. The speed limit was 55 mph.

Callaway was responding to a reported rollover crash at 1:16 a.m. Monday when he hit the deer 1.09 miles south of Cove City on Trenton Highway near Heath Swamp Road and Cicero Riggs Road.

The initial rollover crash was reported by OnStar. While the telecommunications system dispatched the OnStar report, there are no reports from the Highway Patrol finding or investigating a rollover crash at the time.

Callaway was hired by the Sheriff’s Office Jan. 11, 2010. Heckman described Callaway as a great deputy and a hard worker.

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

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