The investigation into Thursday’s ride accident at the N.C. State Fair has led to the arrest of a Georgia man who operated the ride.
Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, of Quitman, Ga., was charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison announced at a news conference Saturday.
“After inspection of the ride, we determined that it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised,” Harrison said.
Five people were injured in the accident, which involved the Vortex on the lower midway behind the Expo Center. Witness accounts indicated the ride had stopped and people were off loading when the ride restarted, according to officials.