Ride operator arrested in connection with State Fair ride mishap – TV 11 ABC

RALEIGH (WTVD) — The investigation into Thursday’s ride accident at the N.C. State Fair has led to the arrest of a 46-year-old man who operated the ride.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison announced Saturday night that Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow of Georgia has been charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.

"After inspection of the ride, we determined that it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised," said Harrison.

Tutterrow appeared before a magistrate at the Wake County Justice Center Saturday night. Investigators said his actions set in motion the horrific chain of events that sent five people to the hospital. (More)