Kernersville chief who hit suspects with car cited; but will return to full duty

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Kernersville Police Chief Kenneth W. Gamble (WGHP Photo)

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The Kernersville police chief accused of hitting a pair of crime suspects with his patrol car July 15 has been cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Officials with the District Attorney Office said that Chief Kenneth Gamble will return to full duty Wednesday after being placed on paid administrative leave shortly after the incident.

Authorities said Gamble will not be contesting the citation and will be required to complete a Precision Driving Course.

“I am sure this was not an easy decision for the District Attorney to reach, but I feel it balances accountability with fairness,” authorities said in a prepared statement.

Gamble is accused of striking 29-year-old Brian Pegram and 33-year-old Anthony Sides, both of Kernersville, around 6 a.m. in the eastbound lane of Business 40 near Main Street in Kernersville. Both suspects were hospitalized.

Authorities said the suspects were already in custody at the side of the road when they were struck by the cruiser.

The police department said officers had stopped a suspicious vehicle on a highway for a domestic issue when the suspects fled on foot and other officers were called to help.

Officials said Gamble will not be commenting on the issue.