State trooper injured in traffic collision Friday morning

A Chevrolet pickup truck and a N.C. State Highway Patrol vehicle sit in a ditch on the side of Highway 70 near McCabe Road after colliding Friday morning. (Contributed photo)

NEWPORT — A traffic collision Friday morning resulted in a N.C. Highway Patrol trooper receiving medical transport.

First Sgt. David Clifton of the N.C. State Highway Patrol said in a text message Friday that at 7:10 a.m., State Trooper Stephen Bryant was in a collision involving a Chevrolet pickup truck on Highway 70 near the intersection of McCabe Road.

First Sgt. Clifton said the truck failed to yield and was struck by Trooper Bryant.

“Trooper Bryant was transported to Carteret County Medical Center with minor injuries,” he said. “The other driver and passenger were not injured nor transported. She (the driver) has been charged with failure to yield by Trooper (Ryan) Onofrio.”

First Sgt. Clifton said as of 11:38 a.m., Trooper Bryant has been treated for his injuries and released from Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.


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Bet it's a BS ticket, so the Trooper doesn't have to admit he was at fault. Typical of Troopers.


Troopers are on the road to save your life. How about thanking them instead of complaining.




Troopers are not always honest, as I said in my original post.

Three former State Highway Patrol troopers face additional charges in the April arrest of a Raleigh man who was struck repeatedly by law enforcement as he was wrestled to the ground. A Wake County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Michael Blake, Tabithia Davis and Rodney Goswick on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

March 2009 State Trooper, Wetherington, pulled over a truck and confiscated two loaded handguns. Worthington told his supervisor his hat blew off his head and an 18-wheeler hit it during the traffic stop. Several days later, Wetherington reportedly realized he’d actually left it on the light bar on top of his vehicle. He did not tell his supervisor. He was fired for violating the Highway Patrol’s truthfulness policy

A North Carolina State Trooper has been arrested for stealing gym equipment from a YMCA facility last week, authorities say. Sept 2020


Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas have passed laws prohibiting officers from being assigned quotas to write a specific number of traffic tickets during the course of their duties. And yet, the practice continues, even within some of these states and state budgets must be met, and a reliable target for revenue continues to be the motorist.

Isn’t it a shame that laws have to be passed to Try and stop this practice from law enforcement?


If you dont speed there would be no problem.


Really sailfish?

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Two former North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers are facing charges after an investigation into ticket irregularities. 10/2019

Plenty of police departments around the United States are facing higher expenses and smaller budgets, and have come to see traffic tickets as a way to increase revenue. Need more money to buy equipment or give raises or pay pensions? Write more tickets and collect more fines.

Traffic ticket quotas — a practice in which police officers are either pressured or strictly required to issue a certain number of traffic tickets in a certain time frame — were once kept under wraps but are now pretty much out in the open.


Mpjeep, the article states that a vehicle pulled out in front of the trooper. You should be thankful that no one was seriously injured. Our world has too much criticism and division. Be thankful that it wasn’t you that was in the accident and appreciate the positive things that our Highway Patrol does for our citizens.


See video of Georgia cop beating man after being pulled over for taillight issues. More help for citizens. Just saying in my original post, you can't believe everything an officer says.


I hate to admit it, but mpjeep does have a valid point. Just because one dons a badge does not make one honest. There are more bad apples in the basket than many want to admit. Carteret has a very bad problem, indeed.


Some sad individuals see only the worst possible side of every event and search for proof that all people of of every race gender or profession are less than perfect. Several of this venue's regular participants fall in that category.


And there are some who bury their heads in the sand. When not out sailing.


Thank you for the kind compliment, fish.

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