Deputy cleared of wrongdoing after striking 14-year-old with vehicle

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy, whose vehicle struck a 14-year-old boy last Wednesday night, has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s deputy Andrew Lentz has been cleared after an investigation by the sheriff’s office professional standards division.

“It has been determined deputy Lentz has violated no traffic laws or departmental policies, and he has been cleared of any wrongdoing in this incident,” Stanley said.

Lentz was driving a county vehicle on duty on Danford Road in Bolivia, around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, when his car struck a 14-year-old boy riding his bike.

The boy was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he was released with no serious injuries, Stanley said. Lentz was treated and released from Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.

In addition to the completed investigation by the sheriff’s office professional standards division, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol also investigated the incident, and no charges were filed as a result of the investigation.