North Carolina SRO saves the day, ramming a squad car into a speeding pickup truck in a chase near the school

A North Carolina school resource officer is hailed as a hero after helping stop a high-speed chase near an elementary school.

“I commend him for his actions. He’s our hero for the day,” Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran said of Officer PD Hampton, according to News 13. “He wanted to protect these children, even at his own risk.”

Hampton was on his way to work on Wednesday when he heard a report of a Chevrolet truck traveling the wrong direction on a freeway at nearly 100 miles per hour.

He then joined other deputies from the Swain County Sheriff’s Office in chasing the truck that happened near West Elementary School.

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West Elementary School in Swain County, North Carolina.
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“As I pass West Elementary School, I see the headlights of this vehicle in my lane,” Hampton told News 13. “I try to block him and he hits me head-on and tries to get past me.”

The driver, later identified as Reginald B. McMahan, managed to break free and attempted to drive through the bus entrance to West Elementary.

But Hampton saved the day by slamming his squad car into the truck, preventing it from getting any closer to the school.

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Swain County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Department squad car.
(Swain County Sheriff’s Office Facebook)

“If you think of worst-case scenarios, this is absolutely one of them,” said Dr. Swain County Superintendent Mark Sale told News 13 about the truck that might make it onto campus.

“There was probably some panic in the hearts of the people who were at the school because it was very early in the morning but no response so we had to lock down the campus,” Sale added.

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McMahan was taken into custody by deputies and charged with evading arrest by using a motor vehicle, failing to heed a light or siren, assaulting with a deadly weapon and driving recklessly to endanger him, the outlet said.

“He seemed very affected. He had thrown things out of the vehicle in several places. We found ammo in the truck, but no gun,” Hampton said.

McMahan is currently being held in county jail on $10,000 bail. Officials do not believe he was targeting the school during the incident.

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“I’ve never been one for applause,” Hampton said. “I think it’s something the majority of our officers would do, if not all.”

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