Police: Gaston Co. Sheriff and Chief Deputy rear-ended by drunk driver

- Gaston County Sheriff and Chief Deputy were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening after being rear-ended by a drunk driver, according to Gastonia Police.

Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger and Chief Deputy Kim Johnson were taken to CaroMont Regional after the unmarked Sheriff's Office Dodge Charge they were inside was rear-ended by 53-year-old Kuzundra Mance who was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima.

The incident happened at 2:30 p.m. Johnson and Cloninger were at a red light on Bessemer City road near I-85 when Mance hit the back of the Charger.

Mance was looked at by Gaston Emergency Medical Services and was not taken to the hospital.

She has been charged with DWI and failure to reduce speed. She is in the Gaston County Jail with a $1,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Cloninger posted to Facebook:

"To everybody out there. I'm sitting on the side of bed in the E.R.I'm OK .Kim has a sprained shoulder and I have a concussion. Cathy is here but I'm OK and I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. Thank you also very much for your concern and I appreciate it very much. I want to thank all the GEMS Personnel , Rescue Squad personal,Gastonia Fire Personnel, Gastonia Police officers ,Troopers , Bessemer City Chief Tom Ellis, Mt. Holly police Chief Don Roper, Caromont hospital personnel and my Deputies and Sheriff Office Personal for the great treatment and care I received from during this incident today. Y'all did a great job and I'm proud of you. Thanks to all of you. Alan."

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