No major accidents in Franklin, SOCO over Fourth weekend

Published 10:16 am Wednesday, July 9, 2014

FRANKLIN—In Franklin, the Fourth of July weekend was pretty slow on calls and tickets, while 289 tickets were issued in Southampton County.

There was a two-car accident in Franklin over the weekend, with no injuries, said Capt. Tim Whitt, spokesman for the Franklin Police Department. There were four accidents in the county, with no serious injuries, said Maj. Gene Drewery, spokesman for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office. There were four firework calls in the city, and seven in the county. None of them resulted in injuries.

Two summons were issued in Franklin, and there was one arrest in a stabbing that happened on Sunday evening, which resulted in the arrest of Eric Michael Duran, 30. Duran was taken into custody without incident and charged with malicious wounding after reportedly stabbing his roommate in the arm.

In the county, Bradley Spivey, 52, of Unity Road, Zuni, barricaded himself in his house on July 4 when deputies went to serve warrants. He came out of the house with a rifle. He fired the weapon in the direction away from the deputies and went back inside. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and negotiator were able to talk Spivey out of the residence without further incident. It occurred around 3 p.m. and lasted less than an hour.

“Our staff does an excellent job in handling incidents from the call to 911 to the completion of the incident, working on holidays to ensure those not working can enjoy their time,” said Drewery.

Spivey was arrested and charged with annoying phone calls, breaking and entering to commit a felony, robbery and assault and battery-family member (third offense).

Around the state, preliminary numbers indicate that eight individuals died in eight crashes during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. In 2013, seven people were killed in traffic crashes over a four-day holiday weekend.

The recent holiday statistical counting period began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 4, and concluded at midnight Sunday, July 6. Four of the eight fatal crashes involved motorcyclists, all of whom were wearing helmets. The deaths occurred in the City of Virginia Beach and Albemarle, Brunswick and Orange counties. Two of the victims who died were operating all-terrain vehicles. The ATV crashes occurred in Montgomery and Richmond counties. A 32-year-old pedestrian was killed in the City of Newport News, and a 45-year-old pedestrian was killed in the City of Roanoke. Alcohol was a factor in at least one of the fatalities.

“We must continue to ask Virginians to be vigilant about their safety no matter what type of vehicle they are operating,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent. “In our continual efforts to drive to save lives and make Virginia’s highways as safe as possible, we urge drivers, motorcyclists, passengers and pedestrians to not let their guard down and share the road responsibly.”

Additionally, troopers arrested 77 impaired drivers and cited 11,712 speeders and 2,673 reckless drivers during the three-day statistical counting period. The VSP holiday enforcement efforts also resulted in 832 safety belt violations and 342 child safety seat violations. Troopers responded to a total of 566 traffic crashes statewide.

During the holiday weekend, Virginia State Police participated in Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort, known as Operation CARE. The traffic safety initiative is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failure to use occupant restraints.

Funds generated from summonses issued by state police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

Deborah Cox, public relations with Virginia State Police, contributed to this report.