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Banks County deputy injured in hit-and-run
North Carolina man arrested, faces multiple charges
Banks County Deputy Sheriff Jason Layfield's car was hit by a semi-truck on I-85 on Sunday. Gary Lynn Patterson, 32, of China Grove, N.C., was the driver of the truck. Patterson faces charges of DUI drugs, serious injury by vehicle, striking a fixed object, failure to maintain lane, failure to report accident with injury, following too closely and hit-and-run leaving the scene of an accident. - photo by Courtesy Banks County Sheriffs Office
A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence after a hit-and-run collision with a Banks County Sheriff’s Office patrol car on Interstate 85 near Homer. Deputy Sheriff Jason Layfield was conducting speed patrols in the median near exit 154 when a flatbed semi-truck veered from the southbound lanes, striking the front end of the officer’s car. The car then ricocheted into Layfield, who was thrown several feet from the initial crash site.