Man drives wrong way in NC, deputy absorbs impact

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office was taken to the hospital early Thursday morning to be treated for minor injuries after a multi-car accident near the Brunswick/Columbus County border.

Authorities say three vehicles were involved in the accident that happened around 11:45 Wednesday night just west of Old Fayetteville Road, towards Columbus County.

Deputy Jeremy Ferguson and Jeremy Borowski both responded to a careless and reckless call in the area.

According to Highway Patrol, William Williamson of Leland was driving eastbound on the westbound lane of 74/76.

Lydia Hinson was one of several drivers also on the road at the time.

"I didn't know what was coming towards me," said Hinson.

She recalled seeing blue lights behind her and headlights straight ahead, as the car going the wrong way headed towards her.

Meanwhile, the two sheriff's deputies were racing up behind her.

"That's when I activated my blue lights and siren," said Deputy Borowski. "I saw him coming. I saw the lights coming. He was straight not slowing down, not veering or anything."

That's when Borowski made a split-second decision.

"I knew I had to get out of the way because he was gonna hit me head on," said Borowski.

While driving in between Hinson and the driver coming toward them from the opposite direction, Borowski swerved at the last second, as the driver sideswiped him, then hit Hinson.

Hinson said it would have been a head-on collision, but Borowski absorbed the bulk of the impact.

Somehow, everyone survived, despite heavy damage to all three cars involved.  On Friday, Hinson met Borowski for the first time since the accident.

"I was worried about you," said Borowski as the two embraced.

"I was worried about you," said Hinson.

"You know this is our job," said Borowski. "This is what we signed up to do. We're here to save the public. To protect and serve."

When asked what goes through his head when he looks at the impact of the crash on dash cam video, Borowski says God was with him.  Hinson agrees.

"You were my guardian angel," she told Borowski.

"I guess it was meant for us to be there that night," he answered.

William Earl Williamson was charged by the Highway Patrol with driving while impaired and reckless driving.  Detectives from the sheriff's office charged Williamson with the additional charges of:

  • Assault with Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury
  • Assault with Deadly Weapon on Government Official
  • Injury to Personal Property

At last check, he was in jail under $80,000 bond.

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