Trooper Injured In Crash Caused By Impaired Driver

A trooper with the NC Highway Patrol was injured in a three car accident reportedly caused by a Clayton woman who has now been charged with impaired driving.

Sgt. B.O. Johnson was traveling northbound in his patrol car on Red Hill Church Road near Three Bridge Road, between Dunn and Coats, around 4:00pm Saturday.

Sgt. Johnson saw debris in the roadway and began reducing his speed.  The driver of a Ford sport utility vehicle traveling southbound also saw the debris and began to slow.  The driver of a third car, an Acura sport utility vehicle, also traveling south, failed to reduce speed and struck the rear of the Ford SUV.

As a result of the collision, the Ford SUV traveled left of center and struck the trooper’s car.  Sgt. Johnson received minor injuries. He was transported to a local hospital and released.

The driver of the Acura SUV was identified as Amanda Sanders, 37, of Clayton.  Sanders and the driver of the Ford SUV were both treated for minor injuries.

Sanders was later charged with driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed, and possession of drug paraphernalia.