North Carolina SRO saves the day by ramming patrol car into speeding van during chase near school
A North Carolina A school resource officer is hailed a hero after helping stop a high-speed chase near an elementary school.
“I commend him for his actions. He’s our hero for the day,” Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran said of PD Officer Hampton, according to News 13. “He was going to protect those kids even at his own risk and peril.”
Hampton was driving to work on Wednesday when he heard a report of a Chevrolet truck driving down a highway the wrong way at nearly 100 miles per hour.
He then joined other deputies from the Swain County Sheriff’s Office in their pursuit of the truck, which occurred near West Elementary School.
“As I drive past West Elementary School, I see the headlights of this vehicle in my lane,” Hampton told News 13. exceed.”
The driver, later identified as Reginald B. McMahan, managed to free himself and attempted to drive through the bus entrance to West Elementary.
But Hampton saved the day by slamming his patrol car into the truck, preventing him from getting any closer to the school.
“When you think of the worst-case scenarios, this is absolutely one of them,” Swain County Superintendent Dr. Mark Sale told News 13 of the truck that could drive onto the property. from school.
“There was probably some panic in the hearts of people who were at school, because it was very early in the morning, but not such a reaction that we had to lock down the campus,” Sale added.
McMahan was taken into custody by deputies and charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle, disregarding a light or siren, assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving to endanger, according to the outlet.
“He appeared to be very weak. He had repeatedly thrown objects out of the vehicle. We found ammunition in the truck, but no weapons were found,” Hampton said.
McMahan is currently being held at county jail on a $10,000 bond. Officials do not believe he was targeting the school in the incident.
“I’ve never been one to clap,” Hampton said. “I think that’s something the majority of our officers would do, if not all of them.”