by Kara Lopp
A Mint Hill police cruiser sustained an
estimated $1,500 in damage last month
after an officer lost control of his vehicle
and hit a guardrail on the opposite side of
the road while responding to an emergency
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigated
the crash. According to the police
report and Mint Hill Chief Tim Ledford,
Officer Nathan Wisz, 27, was traveling
southeast on Parkton Road near its intersection
with Albemarle Road at about 2:30
a.m. Sept. 15 when he lost control of his
2010 Dodge. Wisz had his siren and emergency
lights activated and was responding
to another officer’s call for help with a short
chase on Albemarle Road, Ledford said.
He was traveling an estimated 58 miles
per hour when he lost control and hit the
guardrail traveling about 30 miles per hour,
according to the police report.
Wisz, who has been
with the department
since April 2010, wasn’t
injured, Ledford said.
He was given a drug
test, which town policy
requires of all employees
who are driving a town
vehicle during an accident,
It wasn’t clear at press time if Wisz faced
any disciplinary action for the crash. Town
Manager Brian Welch, who was out of
town this week, said human resources laws
changed this year and he wasn’t sure what
information he could share with the public.
Wisz was listed on “active duty” with the
town this week and was working.
“I know those laws have changed and
we’re allowed to give more now than name,
rank and serial number, but I want to be
sure before I release any information,” he
said. “It’s to protect him and us.”
This is the second time Wisz has been in
a crash since joining the department.
In November 2010, Wisz ran off the road
while reaching for something – possibly a
beverage that had fallen – causing an estimated
$4,000 in damage to a police cruiser.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol investigated
that crash, which occurred near Queen’s
Grant Preparatory High School off Idlewild
Wisz has a bachelor’s degree in criminal
justice from East Carolina University and
was recognized by the department in July
for receiving Intermediate Certification by
the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and
Training Standards Commission.
by Kara Lopp