A North Carolina police officer has quit after a video of him allegedly “brake checking” a pickup truck driver surfaced on YouTube.
Onslow County Sheriff Deputy Craig Culpepper tendered his resignation following the road rage incident on I-526 in North Charleston, South Carolina, where he was attending K-9 training.
In the video shot by driver Chad Walton (YouTube user chadwalton54), a police cruiser is seen appearing to hold up traffic on a two-lane highway.
When the camera car passes the officer and overtakes him, the cruiser pulls up next to the driver and overtakes him before slamming on the brakes. The sudden brake check causes the driver of the camera car to hit the rear of the cruiser.
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, has received more than 540,000 views in only two days.
In an interview Wednesday with abcnews4.com, Culpepper said he “just wanted the guy to go away.”
“I felt antagonized by him,” Culpepper said of the pickup truck driver. “If you want to go do your thing, go do your thing. Don’t bother me with it.”
The officer told North Carolina TV station WWAY that he had been baited by Walton before the road rage incident took place.
“I fell for it hook, line and sinker,” Culpepper said.
“The video is not the pieces. It doesn’t show everything that took place,” the officer added.
See the video below:
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