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Update: Troopers rule out persons of interest in deputy hit and run

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Troopers say they've ruled out these two men as persons of interest in a trooper-involved hit & run investigation. Troopers say they've ruled out these two men as persons of interest in a trooper-involved hit & run investigation.
NEWPORT, N.C. - Troopers say they've ruled out two persons of interest as they continue their investigation into the hit and run accident that seriously injured a Carteret County deputy.

The accident happened around 11:30 Tuesday night on US 70, between 9 Mile Road and Roberts Road in Newport.

Troopers say Deputy Matthew Howell was traveling West on US 70 with his blue lights on when a burgundy Chevrolet truck swerved into his lane, causing him to swerve into the median in an attempt to avoid a collision. Deputy Howell’s vehicle then crossed back over the westbound lanes of US 70, struck a ditch and overturned.

Troopers say Howell was responsive on the scene with injuries to his legs. He was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. At last check he was listed in fair condition.

The pickup truck involved in the accident has or had a white OBX oval sticker and bullet hole stickers on the tailgate and silver or tan running boards. Troopers say it is believed to have North Carolina registration plates.

If you have any information about the incident, you're asked to contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in Morehead City at 252 726-5766 or the Carteret County Sherriff’s Department at 252 504-4800.
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