DURHAM, NC - On September 23, North Carolina State Trooper D. R. Hudson was struck by a vehicle and thrown onto the highway.
Trooper Hudson had a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of U.S. 15-501 in Durham, and was standing on the driver’s side of the car when the crash occurred.
A Honda Civic, driven by Patricia Canseco-Cortes, 26, hit the stopped vehicle, according to court documents.
In a statement, Sgt. Marcus Bethea of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported:
After impact, the rotation of the vehicles resulted in Trooper Hudson being struck and hurled into the roadway.
Trooper Hudson was able to call for help and transported to a nearby hospital. He has since been released.
Canseco-Cortes was charged with DWI, careless and reckless driving, driving without a license and failure to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle.
Despite the suspect’s immigration status, she was quickly released from the Durham County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
On December 7, 2018, Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead announced that he would no longer allow his deputies to hold inmates with ICE detainers in the county jail, in order for ICE agents to pick them up for possible deportation. Instead, they have been instructed to release illegal aliens back onto the streets, as soon as they make bail, regardless of the charges.
In February 2019, Sheriff Birkhead issued a rather self-serving press release, explaining his decision to stop honoring ICE detainers.
Birkhead is one of seven so-called 'sanctuary sheriffs' in the state of North Carolina, who upon taking office, began refusing ICE detainers.
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