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Driver Crashes into Patrol Vehicle with Shotgun Strapped to Motorcycle, Arrested

ASHEBORO N.C. – A convicted felon with a shotgun strapped to his motorcycle was arrested after crashing into a patrol vehicle earlier this week, according to police. 

On December 5th, 2023, a deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office was on a call on Clifton Dr. in Archdale. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, a motorcycle traveling south on Clifton Drive with no headlights struck the deputies patrol vehicle in the rear. 

The operator, identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Thurman Earl Sampson, came to rest in front of the vehicle and was evaluated by Randolph County EMS. 

While inspecting the damage to the vehicles, the deputy located a shotgun strapped on the motorcycle, and discovered that Sampson, the driver, is a convicted felon. 

The firearm along with ammunition was also seized. 

After being evaluated by EMS, Sampson was arrested and taken to the Randolph County Jail where the magistrate found probable cause for the charge of felony possession of a firearm by felon. 

The Highway Patrol responded and investigated the crash and the trooper issued citations to Sampson for not having a driver’s license, registration, or insurance, and failing to reduce speed. 

He was issued a $5,000 unsecured bond for the felony charge and a first appearance was set for December 6, 2023, in Randolph County District Court.