William Allen Harrell II, 29, of Macclesfield, has been charged with left of center and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle.
The accident happened just before 9 a.m. Tuesday on N.C. Highway 111, shortly after the truck left a NCDOT maintenance yard on McKendree Church Road, just outside Tarboro.
Forty-six-year-old Officer Charles Johnson died in the crash. Harrell was not hurt.
Johnson leaves behind a wife and young sons.