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2 years after devastating crash, paralyzed trooper may soon be headed home to North Carolina

In June 2021, Trooper Wooten was designated as an Honorary State Trooper by the Georgia State Patrol.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 11:15 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Two years after a serious crash left a North Carolina state trooper paralyzed and hospitalized for months, the 14-year veteran continues to receive good news in his journey through recovery.

Trooper Christopher L. Wooten, a 14-year North Carolina State Highway Patrol veteran, was involved in a July 22, 2019 motorcycle crash as he was pursuing a suspect.

Officials say Wooten, who was on a motorcycle, was trying to stop a vehicle when he collided with a second vehicle. The first vehicle that he was trying to pull over kept going and did not remain at the scene.

The crash left Trooper Wooten paralyzed from the neck down, and he stayed in the hospital for months. In Feb. 2020, Trooper Wooten was released from a Georgia hospital and moved to an apartment.

In Nov. 2020, North Carolina State Highway Patrol officials shared that Trooper Wooten was ordained as a minister and was able to perform a wedding ceremony for his daughter.

In June 2021, Trooper Wooten was designated as an Honorary State Trooper by the Georgia State Patrol.

Now, two years since that devastating crash, Trooper Chris Wooten and his wife Sharon have been advised that their home renovations in Cramerton, North Carolina may be complete by Aug. 31 so Chris can move back home.

The NCSHP shared a heartfelt Facebook post about Trooper Wooten Thursday.

“Chris is a true warrior who has exemplified the meaning of resiliency throughout this entire recovery process. We would be remiss to not recognize the vital role Sharon has played throughout this journey. Her selfless dedication to being Chris’s caretaker and loving wife has been unwavering. Sharon has done such a great job that they were able to get approval to not have a day nurse for Chris and are currently awaiting approval for Sharon to be his caretaker on a full-time basis! I encourage everyone to continue to pray for the Wooten family and keep Chris in your thoughts as he navigates these trying pathways toward healing and recuperation,” the Facebook post, written by Colonel Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., read.

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