Police Officer Suspended Following Crash

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By Tyler Stocks
Dunn Daily Record

COATS — A Coats police officer has been suspended for a week without pay after a crash that left him and another man injured Wednesday night (Oct. 20).

Officer Conner Robert Capshaw, 28, of Clayton, was suspended on Tuesday, Coats Town Manager Nick Holcomb wrote in response to a public records request.

Holcomb said Capshaw was hired April 29 and receives a salary of $35,926.

Capshaw was off-duty when he reportedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Red Hill Church and Cane Mill roads shortly before 6 p.m. on Oct. 20. He was driving his town-issued 2016 Dodge Charger police car at the time of the wreck.

“There’s a stop sign for Cane Mill Road and Officer Capshaw failed to stop,” said Sgt. K.B. Parker of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Upon running the stop sign, Capshaw’s car collided with a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Nicholas Humbarger, 32, of Benson, who was driving south on Red Hill Church Road.

Parker said that Capshaw’s Charger struck the Avalanche at an angle similar to a T-bone collision.

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The impact send the Avalanche off the road and into a ditch where it overturned, the Highway Patrol reported.

Capshaw is charged with failure to stop and yield right of way, his court file shows. He is expected in court on Jan. 5.

Both drivers were transported to WakeMed in Raleigh for injuries sustained in the crash.

“I know that both of them were aware and verbal but I don’t know the extent of their injuries,” Parker said.

As of Tuesday, Capshaw was still recovering from his injuries and going to doctor appointments, said Kenneth Storicks, Coats police chief. Humbarger’s injury status was not available.

The speed limit is 55 mph on that section of road, but Parker added speed did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Storicks called the crash an accident.

“At this point and time, we’re treating it as it was; it was an accident and we’re not seeing any kind of pattern or anything like that. Honestly, it’s an unfortunate accident and we’re praying for the recovery of both drivers,” Storicks said. “We do hate this happened but we are treating it as an accident.”

Court records show that Capshaw was charged with driving while impaired in May of 2020. He was an Angier police officer at the time. The courts later found him not guilty.

The Daily Record reported that Capshaw resigned from the Angier Police Department following his arrest.