Trooper Involved in Crash With Deputy Identified

2WTK: Crash On Your Property, Who Pays?

GUILFORD COUNTY -- We now know the name of the trooper involved in a collision with a Guilford County Sheriff's Deputy in McLeansville on Monday night.

Authorities say Trooper Paul Mitchell was involved.

Authorities have arrested the man they were looking for when Mitchell collided with a Guilford County Deputy.

Samuel Rosado is behind bars.

He's charged with felony hit and run, resisting a public officer, careless and reckless driving, and possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

Investigators transported the driver to the Guilford County Magistrate where he received a $26,000 bond.

Rosado and a passenger flipped their vehicle in a single-car crash on Highway 70 shortly before 6 P.M. on Monday night.

Investigators say the driver and passenger jumped and ran from the car before officers arrived. 

Right now, there is no word on why they decided to run after the crash.

The passenger was caught first, but initially, Rosado got away.

While driving around looking for the suspect, a trooper and deputy's car collided, sending the trooper's car into a tree.

 

The trooper reportedly suffered a broken leg.

The deputy suffered minor injuries.

Both were transported to Moses Cone Memorial Hospital but are expected to be okay.

At the time of this report, it is unclear who was at fault.

"Anything like this is unfortunate. It's the last thing we want to happen. Our duty is to keep everybody safe including ourselves, other officers, and the public," said Master Trooper Chris Knox with the NC Highway Patrol. "It is a dangerous job and sometimes it puts us in close quarters with other officers and puts us in situations that really test is to make sure that we are balancing everyone's safety."

When the trooper's car ran into the tree, it tore up Josh Mann family's front yard and left transmission fluid all over their grass.
 
"It will be a while before any grass will grow there probably," said Mann.
 
The Mann's were shocked when they came home on Monday night.
 
"We were out shopping in Burlington and when we came back home we saw five or six fire trucks, five or six ambulances, and all kinds of state highway patrol cars basically blocking the whole road," said Mann.
 
So, 2 Wants to Know, who is responsible for paying for that damage?
 
It's tricky because the deputy and trooper were doing their jobs -- performing a service to the taxpayers.
 
As one insurance agent said, "they're pretty well protected when it comes to accidents."
 
Still, most insurance agencies do cover property damage in cases like this.
 
But it's not a guarantee.
 
First, he'll need to submit a claim to the NC Highway Patrol office.

That claim is then processed by the insurance company.

Then, they will determine who was at fault and who has to foot the bill.

""I like to think that I work hard to keep the grass and the yard looking nice and this is completely out of my control. Somebody comes tearing off the road, I mean no fault of their own, it wasn't on purpose or anything but there is a mess here now," said Mann. "I feel like somebody should be responsible for getting it cleaned up."

Mann has since contacted the NC Highway Patrol and began the process of submitting a claim but it will take a while for the whole process to play out.

However, we spoke to an insurance agent who says that the homeowner is covered in most cases.

Again, both the driver and passenger being sought were arrested and booked in jail.

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