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NC chief charged with hitting 2 suspects with car

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The police chief in Kernersville has been charged after his patrol car hit two handcuffed suspects sitting beside a road earlier this year.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Police Chief Ken Gamble was charged Tuesday with failure to slow down to avoid a collision.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said police officers have an obligation to obey traffic laws once a chase is over.

Town Manager Curtis Swisher said Gamble would not contest the charge. Swisher said Gamble will have to complete a precision driving course.

Gamble had responded to a call for assistance on July 15 but the two suspects had been arrested by the time he arrived. Gamble was driving about 20 mph when the suspects were hit.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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