CLINTON — Authorities say that a police officer from North Carolina’s Sampson County has died in a single-car crash.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the officer was Brent Nelson Hall ,26, of Clinton. The patrol said that he was driving to begin his shift in a department-owned Dodge Charger at a “high rate of speed” on U.S. 701 Business/Northeast Boulevard.

A trooper said Hall was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed” excess of 80 mph in a 35 mph zone when he lost control of his vehicle, hit a curb, and hit two light poles before finally coming to rest.

Authorities said that he was not pursuing anyone and did not have the lights and sirens activated. The highway patrol said that he was not wearing his seatbelt.

The wreck remains under investigation.

“Please pray for our Newton Grove Police Department, the Town of Newton Grove, and their families,” Newton Grove Police Chief Greg Warren said in a statement.

The officer, 26-year-old Brent Nelson Hall, was driving a 2018 Dodge Charger northbound on Highway 701 at a high rate of speed. According to investigators, he then ran off the road to the left and struck the curb. The vehicle then went airborne, struck two light poles and landed on Isaac Weeks Road.

Hall was reporting for duty to Newton Grove Police Department. The State Highway Patrol says it is not sure why the officer was speeding. They also say that there was no ejection from the vehicle and the officer was not restrained by a seatbelt. The cause of crash was ruled as speeding.

“Please pray for our Newton Grove Police Department, the town of Newton Grove, and their families,” said Newton Grove Police Chief Greg Warren “We have lost one of our officers tonight in an accident. Out of respect for the officer’s family, we will not be announcing the officer’s name at this time.”

Michael Jaenicke can be reached at mjaenicke@ncweeklies.com