North Carolina General Statutes § 15A-251 Entry by force

An officer may break and enter any premises or vehicle when necessary to the execution of the warrant if:

(1)        The officer has previously announced his identity and purpose as required by G.S. 15A-249 and reasonably believes either that admittance is being denied or unreasonably delayed or that the premises or vehicle is unoccupied; or

(2)        The officer has probable cause to believe that the giving of  notice would endanger the life or safety of any person. (1973, c. 1286, s. 1.)

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