North Carolina

Sheriff’s deputy loses control of vehicle, he and passenger injured in crash, NC cops say

A sheriff’s deputy and his passenger were injured in a single-vehicle collision.
A sheriff’s deputy and his passenger were injured in a single-vehicle collision. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy and the person he was driving home were both hospitalized Tuesday with injuries they suffered after a single-vehicle crash, according to a Facebook post from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy was taking an out of town hospital patient home when he “lost control of his vehicle and subsequently wrecked,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol said after going “off the road, the van flipped several times” before coming to a stop on all four tires, WHNS reported.

Both the deputy and his passenger were taken to “Angel Hospital for injuries they sustained in the accident,” according to the Facebook post. The sheriff’s office said the passenger “sustained serious injuries,” and was then transported to Mission Hospital.

Troopers identified the deputy as 28-year-old Cody Nathan Mitchell, following the crash that occurred just after 4 p.m., per WLOS. Mitchell was “treated and released” from the hospital, the TV station reported.

The passenger’s identity will not been released “until next of kin is notified,” according to WHNS. Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland said the passenger was not an inmate in a WLOS report.

It was “raining heavily” at the time of the crash, but the cause of the wreck has not been determined, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook, adding Highway Patrol is leading the investigation.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to each individual from the various agencies that responded to the scene of this accident as well as to the citizens who stopped and immediately rendered aid to my deputy and to the person we were transporting,” Holland said in the post. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with both of these individuals.”

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.