Teen hit, Randolph County deputy charged for not reporting accident

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- A Randolph County sheriff's deputy faces misdemeanor charges after hitting a boy riding a bicycle with his unmarked patrol car on Tuesday.

John Davie Garner, 46, of Asheboro, is charged with making an unsafe turn and failure to report an accident.

Officers with Asheboro police investigated a report of a hit and run that occurred at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday close to the intersection of Fayetteville Street and Taft Avenue.

The criminal investigation was spurred by a 911 call alleging a 13-year-old boy had been struck by a silver Dodge Charger and knocked off his bicycle.

Damarkus Shelton, 13, has been riding his bike to school for the past three months. Tuesday, Shelton stopped at the stop sign on the corner of Fayetteville Street and Taft Avenue on his way home.

Shelton said a man in a silver Dodge Charger, also on Taft Avenue, struck him while trying to make a right turn.

"I looked back and saw the cop car pulling out and it hit me. My bike got stuck underneath the car so I flipped over it," Shelton said.

Shelton said Garner asked if he was OK and could walk and then left the scene.

The boy then reportedly picked up his bicycle and moved to the opposite side of Taft Avenue. According to the report, Garner again asked the boy if he was OK and drove away.

The boy suffered scrapes to his knee and toe.