NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper killed in a crash while chasing a suspect will be remembered in his hometown before being laid to rest.
Visitation for Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Walker Center at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.
Bullard’s funeral will follow at 1 p.m. A procession will take his body to a private graveside service at Macedonia Baptist Church in Ronda.
The 24-year-old trooper was chasing a driver who fled a license checkpoint early Wednesday when his patrol car crashed into a bridge support along Interstate 77 in Yadkin County.
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Bullard had been a trooper for three years.
The man Bullard was chasing, 22-year-old Dakota Whitt, has bene charged with murder.