Virginia: State Police reports DUI driver Neal Hambleton hit Caroline Deputy McGhee in crash; deputy seriously injured

Caroline County Va Sheriff Deputy McGhee seriously injured in head-on crash by DUI driver Neal Hambleton 010717

Neal Hambleton profile photo on Facebook

DUI driver Neal Hambleton hit Caroline Deputy McGhee in crash; deputy seriously injured

RUTHER GLEN, VA. — Virginia State Police Sgt. Steve M. Vick reports that a Ruther Glen man operating a pickup truck crossed the center line of Ladysmith Road while traveling westbound and struck a Caroline County Sheriff’s cruiser head-on, seriously injuring the deputy operating the cruiser.

The big old-style Ford Crown Victoria likely saved the life of the deputy. Caroline County Va. Deputy McGhee seriously hurt in this crash when he was hit by DUI driver Neal Hambleton on 010717

The crash involving Caroline County Deputy H. S. McGhee which occurred around 5 am on Ladysmith Road west of Balty Road in Caroline County resulted in the deputy being transported to Mary Washington Hospital in serious, but a non-life threatening condition with injuries to his lower body. The Virginia State Police are working the crash at the request of Sheriff Tony Lippa.


Neal Hambleton of Ladysmith Va. charged with DUI booked Pamunkey Regional jail Va. State Police Tpr. Lubbers 010717 photo LinkedIn

Police report that Neal Bradford Hambleton, 30, of Ruther Glen, Va., was charged with a DUI-1st offense, concealed a weapon while intoxicated and DUI-maiming. Hambleton is incarcerated at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.  Hambleton was booked into the jail at 9:20 am after being charged by Virginia State Trooper A. Lubbers on Jan. 7, 2017.  Jail records show his height at 6’7” and weight 245 pounds. Hambleton’s BAC was listed as between .15 and .20 on jail records.

Sheriff Lippa is at Deputy McGhee’s hospital room currently. McGhee, 25, has suffered a fractured left femur, a fractured right lower leg, and a fractured foot, along with some soft tissue injuries.

An orthopedic surgeon has already seen Deputy McGhee, and McGhee will have surgery to correct his fractures today.

Neal Hambleton jail booking photo 010717 Virginia State Police

“Deputy McGhee is in good spirits, and all of us at the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office wish him a speedy recovery,” said Sheriff Lippa.

Sheriff Lippa also asked to pass along the following:

“Both Deputy McGhee and the entire CCSO family are overwhelmed by the calls, emails, texts and other supportive communications we have received and continue to receive. It means a great deal to all of us to know the level of concern and caring this community, and our law enforcement brethren have displayed. I will continue to pass along your good wishes to Deputy McGhee.”

Hambleton lists the following information on his LinkedIn resume:

Amphibious Assault Vehicle operator

VSE Corporation

October 2015 – Present (1 year four months) Ladysmith Va.

Security Officer

OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation

March 2014 – October 2015 (1 year eight months) Undisclosed

Armed security for the DoD. TS/SCI.

Section Leader

The United States Marine Corps

September 2004 – September 2012 (8 years one month) Quantico, Virginia