WARNING: NSFW language can be heard in the video.

Road rage is definitely getting out of control these days, and, apparently, police officers aren't immune to the urges of aggressive, vindictive driving.

In this situation, what we do know is that a North Carolina police officer – Onslow Country Deputy Craig Culpepper – was driving through South Carolina and caused an accident after brake-checking a motorist he had just cut off, and news station WNCT is reporting that the officer has since resigned due to this incident.

Now, we don't know what happened before the camera started recording, what the speed limit was or how fast the officer was actually driving, but what the film shot by the driver who eventually rear ends the officer shows is the cruiser traveling on the highway at what the cameraman/driver clearly believes is an inappropriately slow speed. When an opening on the right becomes available, said driver passes the police cruiser using a third lane and gets back into the left lane in front of the cruiser. This is where ex-Deputy Culpepper's decision making skills failed him.

The officer quickly passes the camera-wielding pickup driver on the right, cuts him off pretty close and then slams on his brakes, causing the driver to rear-end the police car. The report seems to indicate that neither the officer nor the driver was cited for the accident, and while most of the blame should be placed on the officer, it should also be noted that the driver was following the cruiser closely and trying to film while driving.

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      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      These seem like two real geniuses here. The worst part though? That K9 sticker on the back of the squad car. Hopefully no dog was on-board, or at least wasn't hurt. "The more people I meet, the more I like my dog"
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised judge dredd didn't cite him for tailgating, use of cellphone while driving, passing on the left and unauthorized recording of official. They usually throw the book at you, especially if you caught them doing the wrong thing.
        Eric Grez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LW
        FYI, you dont need to be authorized to record a police officer. They can ask you all they want to turn the camera off but they absolutely cannot force you to not record them.
      JOSEPH G MATTERA
      • 1 Year Ago
      HOT DOGGING COP GOT WHAT HE DESERVED; TOO MANY COPS THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW; HE SHOULD BE CITED FOR WRECKLESS DRIVING; LEAVING THE SCENE; HARRASMENT; AND SHOULD BE LOCKED UP; JUST LIKE IF THE ROLE WAS REVERSED.............
      slloyd414
      • 1 Year Ago
      They were both wrong. The guy instigated it by riding on the cop's bumper, but the cop had no right to do what he did. BOTH deserve to be cited. Glad the cop is no longer on the job, but I think the guy was trying to set something up since he was filming the whole thing.
      kwikrdrvr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did the driver taking the video move over to the left lane when he wan't passing anyone? Granted the sheriff was a jackass, but the driver of the other car was stupid, too.
        decwow
        • 4 Months Ago
        @kwikrdrvr

        Because he was TRYING to pass, and the deputy didn't let him.  More to the point, the deputy was not in his own state,  much less the county of his jurisdiction.  Where he was, that car and badge meant NOTHING.  What I saw in that video from the deputy was aggressive driving,  speeding, tailgating, failure to signal, willful reckless endangerment, failure to prevent an accident,  fleeing the scene of an accident, and since he did this intentionally; assault with a motor vehicle.  That deputy should not have had the chance to resign.  He should have been arrested and should be sitting in SC state prison.

        Worx2749
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kwikrdrvr
        I agree. Why, with no one in front of him? Also, aren\'t trucks supposed to be prohibited from the left lane on six lane highways? The cop was also a jackazz. These guys are supposed to be setting examples. Can\'t tell you how many MA SP I see speeding, not signaling, etc.
      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bad cop, no donut!
      travelplans2013
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the perfect example of cops gone wild with the ever-growing law enforcement mindset of \"I am above the law.\" Officers don\'t wear seatbelts, text while driving, use their laptops while driving, use their emergency lights to get through traffic and traffic lights without having a real emergency, speed for no reason other than the fact that they can, and harass innocent people for no reason. In this instance, the officer has to follow the same highway traffic laws as we do .... do they not tell us, \"slower traffic must keep right.\" Is that not a law? The guy in the truck did nothing wrong. He was not road raging but documenting yet another incident of \"I am a cop so I own the world.\" More people need to document these things because they happen every minute of every day ---- crazy.
        ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @travelplans2013
        So are so Right. I see it every morning and afternoon. I spend 1.5 to 2 hours a day on the freeway. They do what they want, when they want. No turn signals, No speed limit and no regard for HOV double yellow lines. When you drive a Black & White, you own the road.
      oaktowner4
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope this cop will be ineligible to collect unemployment. I would hate to think that the pubic will continue to pay him.
      Robyn Blakeney
      • 1 Year Ago
      this officer should be charged with leaving the scene of this ,,, he caused this too happen. and just drives away .
      stargazer14u2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some cops think a badge gives them god like powers ( in their own minds ) these are the kind of cops who should and must be removed the police department before they kill somebody.
      hark4109
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guy in Pick up was jerk but that Cop???? Scary what they can do because they have a badge!
      gunscout
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah...sorry. No sympathy for either driver. In SC, a state trooper will give a ticket to a sheriff deputy for speeding. Certainly, a deputy from NC in SC. Deputy was probably adhering to the posted speed limit; however, HE SHOULD HAVE moved over and ceded the right of way to the overtaking traffic (pickup truck). Too many people fail to understand that on 4 (or more) lane divided highways it is generally illegal in most states to pass on the right. If you are in the left lane and traffic is catching up to you-SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT-means you move over (to the right) and allow the faster traffic to pass you on the left. Regardless of the posted speed limit. Not your problem if that guy wants to go 150 mph. That's between him and the troopers, they'll take good care of him. He will not outrun radios and aircraft. Now, when you're a cop and somebody wants to pass you because they feel emboldened because you're 'out of your jurisdiction'...That presents a whole new dynamic. All that being said, the pickup driver allowed himself to get drawn into a confrontation with the deputy, at highway speeds, in motor vehicles. The deputy wants to be a jerk? Report him to his supervisor (the Onslow County Sheriff) not tailgate him and rearend him when you perceive he's acting offensively. I'm not going to let anybody else (even law enforcement) damage MY vehicle to try and prove a point. Bottomline with the pickup driver is: he didn't know what was going on with the deputy, what the situation was. He assumed some things and decided to act like a 5 yr old behind the wheel of a heavy motor vehicle. That was plain unnecessary. In my book, they were both wrong-Deputy gets a suspension and a ticket for obstructing traffic, pickup driver gets a ticket for failure to avoid an accident and gets to pay for the repairs on his own truck for following too closely. King Solomon would've loved this case.
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