Hit-and-run injures officer

By Sarah Willets

April 24, 2014

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton police officer is recovering after being injured in a hit-and-run accident on Thursday morning.

Deana Locklear suffered cuts and bruises when her patrol car was struck and overturned near the intersection of 10th Street and Godwin Avenue, according to Capt. Jerome Morton, with the Lumberton Police Department’s Patrol Division.

She was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and has since been released.

According to Morton, Locklear was driving on Godwin Avenue at about 8 a.m. when 51-year-old Ross Short, driving a white van on 10th Street, ran a stop sign and hit her car before driving away.

Morton said a city employee, whose name he did not know, saw the wreck and called 911 and the state Highway Patrol was dispatched. Locklear’s car came to a rest in front of Rowland Norment Elementary School and did not cause any traffic delays.

“We diligently looked for the vehicle and after an hour and a half or so Capt. Johnny Coleman spotted it coming out of one of the trailer parks off of Warwick Mill Road,” said Maj. Tommy Barnes, referring to Taylor’s Mobile Home Park.

Short, who lives on East Ninth Street, was charged with felony hit and run and failure to stop at a stop sign, Morton said. He was released Thursday on a $10,000 secured bond, a jail administrator said.

A woman who was in Short’s car when he was arrested was not involved in the accident and is not facing charges.