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10:54 PM, Jul 15, 2012   |    comments
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Forsyth County, NC -- State troopers are investigating a Sunday morning incident involving decorated Kernersville Police Chief Kenneth Gamble.

From everything we could find, this looks like it could be the first blemish on what appears to be the chief's stellar career in Triad-area law enforcement.

The department tells us Chief Gamble hit two men with his car. The men were already being detained by the chief's officers.

In keeping with town policy, Mayor Dawn Morgan confirms the chief has been placed on administrative leave.

"The town of Kernersville's policy is for an officer to be on administrative leave and that policy is being followed by the town manager. The police chief is on paid administrative leave while the investigation is continuing and until the investigation is complete," Mayor Morgan said.

The mayor also reiterated that the town's public safety isn't at risk in the interim.

"We have a command structure in place in the police department, same as if the police chief was on vacation, or ill, or away for training and that command structure will be followed. So, the law enforcement needs of our community will still continue to be met even with the police chief on administrative leave. "

Mayor Morgan says should the investigation take a while, an interim police chief will be appointed.

Gamble joined the Kernersville Police Department as a patrolman in 1993 and worked his way through the ranks. He was sworn in as police chief during a 2009 ceremony. He's the town's fourth police chief.

As far as the Sunday morning incident, the department says it happened just before 6 A.M.

A news release from the department says officers were investigating a "suspicious vehicle" on Business-40 near Main Street in Kernersville.

It goes on to say the two men they were after started running so the officers asked for backup.

Another officer finally got the men in handcuffs and that's when, the department says, the chief drove up and ran into the suspects.

The news release also points out that the chief was driving in the emergency lane against the flow of traffic.

The men were taken to Baptist Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.

They have been identified as 29-year-old Brian Pegram and 33-year-old Anthony Sides. They are both from Kernersville, according to police.

A nursing supervisor at Baptist Medical Center tells News 2, Sides was treated and discharged. As of Sunday night, Pegram was still in the hospital listed in serious condition.

Police would not tell us whether officers took Sides into custody after he left the hospital. However, the sheriff's office said Sides was not in jail.

Police and the mayor have referred us to the town manager, for any other information regarding this case.

The town manager was not available Sunday night.

Stay tuned to News 2 and digtriad.com for more details in this developing story.

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