Rockingham Co. man arrested after hitting off-duty officer with car

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Billy Ray Branch

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A Madison man was arrested after police say he hit an off-duty officer with his car early Sunday morning.

Winston-Salem police officer R.K. Baynes said he was driving home from his shift around 2 a.m. Sunday when a vehicle came up behind him at a high rate of speed and flashed lights at him.

Baynes, who was in his personal vehicle, pulled to the side of the road. The vehicle behind him, a black Camaro, pulled in behind him and sat for a moment before speeding away.

Baynes continued driving until the same vehicle came up behind him at a high rate of speed. Not wanting to lead the driver back to his home, the officer pulled off on Lemons Loop in Stokesdale.

Baynes, who was still in uniform, got out of his vehicle and approached the other driver to attempt conversation.

The driver cursed at Baynes and sped off in his car, striking Baynes in the left leg with his car.

Baynes was able to get license plate information and Billy Ray Branch III, 26, of 4801 Ellisboro Road, Madison, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, aggressive driving and driving while license is revoked.

Branch was placed in the Rockingham County Jail under a $2,500 secured bond.

His court date is set for Feb. 11.

Baynes was not seriously injured in the incident.


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