June 17, 2013. Courtesy of the Blowing Rock Police Department, here is the weekly “Brief Sheet,” compiled by Capt. Aaron Miller on Tuesday, June 17.
This week’s highlighted officer is Deyton Turpin. Deyton is originally from Morganton and has lived in Boone since starting his employment with Blowing Rock Police in July 2012. Deyton is single and though he has no children of his own, he enjoys teaching and spends time at the Blowing Rock School reading in the first and second grade class rooms. Deyton previously worked in pre-K education and for Google. Deyton serves as a Police Officer I and Child Passenger Safety Technician for Blowing Rock Police.
Blowing Rock Police investigated a vehicle accident involving an overturned tractor trailer on Friday, June 14. The truck driven by Keith James Ledford, 33, from Vale overturned on Hwy 321 just south of Green Hill Road. Ledford told officers that he fell asleep and ran off the right side of the road. Investigating Officer Anthony Biard reported that no other vehicles were involved and no one was injured in the accident. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $30,000.
Ledford was arrested by police following the accident on unrelated charges. Ledford was arrested for failing to appear in court in Burke County. Ledford was held in the Watauga County Jail on a $1,500 secured bond.
Six citations were issued last week. The charges include possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked no driver’s license and expired registration plate.
Blood, Sweat and Gears, an annual bicycle race, will be passing through Blowing Rock this Saturday June 22. Racers will travel into Blowing Rock on Hwy 221, travel south on Main Street and turn onto Greenhill Road. Police will be directing traffic at key intersections. During the event, riders will be passing through between 8am and 9am. Please be alert and patient as riders pass through Town.