Memorial ride to honor fallen NC state trooper

From staff reportsMay 3, 2013 

Bobby G. Demuth

COURTESY OF STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

— More than 30 law enforcement officers and other first responders will take part in a 62-mile bicycle ride on Monday to honor a state trooper who died in the line of duty last fall.

Trooper Gene DeMuth was spreading stop sticks on U.S. 64 to try to puncture the tires on a car being chased by police from Wake County when the car struck and killed him. DeMuth had been with the patrol for 12 years.

The man who struck DeMuth, Christopher McCoy Rodgers, 40, of Williamston, wrecked his car shortly afterward and was arrested. He faces a long list of charges, including murder, driving while impaired and speeding to allude arrest.

Monday’s bike ride will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the State Highway Patrol Training Academy on Old Garner Road in Raleigh and go through Garner, Wendell, Zebulon, Spring Hope and Nashville before ending in Rocky Mount, where DeMuth lived and was buried.

The length of the ride, 62 miles, corresponds to the number of Highway Patrol employees who have been killed in the line of duty since the agency was created in 1929.

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