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Police Chief In Serious Condition After Crashing Into Home

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Aug 30 2012 03:57:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 27 2012 09:43:10 PM CDT
Police Car Crashes into House
PITT COUNTY -

Vidant Medical Center officials said Simpson Police Chief John Waters, Jr. has moved from fair to serious condition after his accident Friday night.

A homeowner says he was watching television when a police car crashed into his home about 10:58 p.m.

Troopers say Chief Waters was behind the wheel.

The Highway Patrol said Waters was on his way to work at the time of the crash. Investigators said he lost control of his car when he pulled out from a stop sign. He slammed into his neighbor's home, knocking out part of the foundation. Neighbors believe Waters had a seizure. He also suffered a broken leg and ankle

"The [air] bag was out. I didn't really see his face, but I just heard him hollering and raising his hand," one neighbor said.

The crash caused a total of $50,000 in damages.

Village of Simpson Mayor David Boyd said when he saw Waters Sunday night, he was responsive despite his current condition.

"They're looking into his left leg, which seems to be an injury on his kneecap. They're waiting on it to reduce swelling before they go into surgery," Boyd said. "The results of the CAT scan and MRI did not show he had any seizures."

The Pitt County Sheriff's Department will continue to patrol the area while Waters is in the hospital.

Pitt County Highway Patrol Sergeant Weaver said if a medical condition caused the crash, no charges will be filed.

This is Waters' second crash within a month. According to the (Greenville) Daily Reflector, in July Waters was injured when his patrol car hydroplaned on Portertown Road and hit a tree. He had just returned to work. The Reflector also notes that Waters was cleared by a grand jury in December 2011 for the shooting of William Scott Osbun.