Youngsville man charged with injuring Franklin deputy's back

Wake Forest police charged a Youngsville man early Monday with fracturing a Franklin County sheriff's deputy's back while the man was fleeing from Wake Forest officers who had tried to stop his car for a traffic infraction on Sunday night.

An arrest warrant charged Ervin Lamont Manson III, 37, of 23 Beaver Ridge Dr. in Youngsville with aggravated felony serious injury by vehicle and driving while impaired.

Connell Lee Webb, 37, of 55 Mark St. in Franklinton, was a passenger in the car that hit the deputy and was charged with aiding and abetting impaired driving, Wake Forest police charged.

The deputy suffered a fractured vertebrae in his lower back, according to the arrest warrant. His condition was unknown Monday.

Police said the car Manson was driving showed no tail lights, and they tried to get Manson to stop. The car sped away, however, they said.

The deputy put his cruiser at US-1A and N.C. 96 to try to stop the fleeing vehicle, officials said.

A test at the Wake Forest police station after the crash showed Manson with a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, officials said. The state limit for alcohol content while operating a motor vehicle is 0.08.

Manson was also charged with failure to appear in a Franklin County court case and with failure to return rental property and was being held in lieu of $60,775 bail in the Wake County Detention Center.

Webb was being held in lieu of $2,000 bail, and both men were scheduled for Monday court appearances.

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