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An accident involving a Watauga Sheriff’s Office van occurred Friday morning on U.S. 321 in
front of the Green Park Inn.
Photo by Jim Landis

Originally published: 2012-07-19 09:41:40
Last modified: 2012-07-19 09:41:40

Two wrecks involve local law enforcement vehicles

On two separate occasions last week, a law enforcement vehicle was involved in an accident on U.S. 321 south of downtown Blowing Rock. 

On Tuesday, July 10, a woman was taken to the hospital after her 1998 Saturn sedan struck a Blowing Rock Police Department SUV that was stopped to turn left at Pisgah Forest Circle. 

Nancy St. Clair Earls’ Saturn skidded on the rain-soaked highway, struck the BRPD vehicle from behind and flipped onto its roof. 

The driver of the police SUV, BRPD detective Angel Mahaffey, was uninjured in the collision. 

It was reported that the police SUV had $4,000 worth of damage, while Earls’ Saturn was totaled. 

North Carolina Highway Patrol officer C.C. Bentley cited Earls with failure to reduce speed, as well as having no liability insurance and driving with a revoked license plate. 

Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue, Patterson Fire and first responders and Caldwell County EMS responded to the accident. 

On Friday, July 13, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 321 in front of the Green Park Inn on U.S 321. 

The wreck occurred during very foggy conditions and involved a Lexus SUV and a Watauga Sheriff’s Office van. 

The wreck was investigated by the Blowing Rock Police Department and no charges were filed against either driver. 
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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