Kernersville chief back with limited duties after hitting suspects with car

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Kernersville Police Chief Kenneth W. Gamble (WGHP Photo)

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Officials said the Kernersville police chief placed on paid administrative leave after hitting a pair of crime suspects with his patrol car two weeks ago is back on the job with limited duties.

Chief Kenneth Gamble came back to the office Monday after a standard two-week paid leave, police confirmed Wednesday morning. 

Police said the chief will not be wearing a gun, badge or uniform, nor will he be responding to any calls until the investigation is complete. Police said he will not be engaged in law enforcement activities — just administrative and office work.

Gamble was placed on administrative leave after he struck Brian Pegram, 29, and Anthony Sides, 33, around 6 a.m. on July 15 on the side of the eastbound lane of Business I-40 near Main Street.

The suspects were handcuffed, in custody, and had their backs to Gamble’s police cruiser when they were struck, troopers said.

Police said Pegram and Sides, both of Kernersville, were riding with 30-year-old Jennifer Hutchins in a Buick sedan when an officer noticed them traveling at about 15 mph in the 60 mph zone.

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