Deputy who hit deer at 117 mph fired

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

Reports state Callaway’s vehicle traveled 779 feet after the impact with the deer. He was not injured, but damage to the car was estimated at more than $7,000.

Heckman said deputies hit an average of six deer a year.

The Sheriff’s Office has experienced other high-speed crashes, including one in June 2011 that killed a Bridgeton woman and resulted in the firing and prosecution of a deputy on a charge of death by motor vehicle. The incidents drew the attention of Craven County commissioners wanting to know about the Sheriff’s Office driving policies.

In the aftermath of the June 2011 crash, commissioners held back budgeted money for new vehicles until they got assurances from the Sheriff’s Office that its no tolerance policy would be revised and enforced and that a program for deputies’ driver retraining would be implemented.

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