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Carolina Beach Police Officer Involved In Auto Accident

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CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police Sergeant Chris Chafin's police cruiser was towed to the Town's garage the night of June 23, after an accident in Pender County.
According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol report, Chafin's 2007 Ford police car was traveling south on NC HWY 210. A deer entered the roadway in from of the vehicle. Chafin avoided the deer by running off the road to the right. He attempted to re-enter the roadway, lost control, ran off the road to the left and struck a ditch.
The vehicle came to rest in a cornfield across the ditch.
According to the report roads were slippery that night due to rainy weather.
Damage was listed as "underneath" and an estimated speed of 55 mph.
Chafin was headed home to his address in Currie, NC approximately 35 miles from Carolina Beach.
The Carolina Beach Police Department provides take home vehicles for officers essentially assigning them a dedicated vehicle.
Captain Anthony Marcucilli said last week that Chafin was ok after the accident and suffered no major injuries.
The vehicle was damaged mostly underneath with several tires ruptured.

Update: Interim Town Manager Bruce Shell commented to local television station on Wednesday July 3rd, that after crashing the vehicle and an ongoing internal audit within the police department Sgt. Chafin is on paid administrative leave.