Unlicensed Driver Strikes Police Chief

The Highway Patrol says a driver whose license had been revoked was responsible for causing a crash Tuesday afternoon involving Selma Police Chief R.A. Cooper.

Around 3:42pm, the Selma police chief was traveling on South Raiford Street approaching the intersection of Ricks Road when his unmarked Dodge Charger patrol car was struck by a Saturn passenger car turning from Ricks Road onto South Raiford.

Highway Patrol Sgt. J.L. January said the Saturn was operated by Neisha Williams of Selma.  Williams made an unsafe, wide turn and crossed left of center making the turn striking the Selma Police Department patrol car.

Sgt. January said Chief Cooper attempted to swerve to the right to avoid the collision but was struck in the front left corner.

Johnston County EMS and the Selma Fire Department responded to the scene. Paramedics checks out both drivers but no injuries were reported.

The Highway Patrol cited Williams for driving left of center and operating a vehicle without a license.  The police car had to be towed from the scene.  Photos by John Payne