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Driver with license suspended on DWI charge collides head-on with Johnston County rep, police officer says

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SMITHFIELD, NC (WNCN) — A driver whose license had already been suspended on a DWI charge crashed head-on into a deputy at the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office late Friday night, officials said.

According to CM Wilson, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol officer, the accident happened just after 11 p.m. along NC 210 south of Cleveland Road, west of Smithfield.

The driver of the car that wrecked Friday night was subpoenaed for a DWI after the crash with the deputy, Wilson said. The same driver was subpoenaed for a DWI in Wake County on March 30, officials said.

Wilson said the driver, who has not been identified, “has a long history of alcohol-related incidents while driving.”

The wreck occurred as the suspect was driving south along NC 210 in a silver Chevrolet Classic Malibu that was unregistered, had no insurance and no valid tag, Wilson said.

According to Wilson, the suspect was driving left of center and clipped a red Ford Escape.

The suspect driver then proceeded another 66 feet in the wrong lane and collided head-on with a lieutenant from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, cops said.

Both cars had severe front damage.

The deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to a Johnston County hospital. He was released early Saturday morning, Wilson said.

The suspect, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to WakeMed for an evaluation.

While in the hospital, he was cited with DWI, careless and reckless driving, and driving with a suspended driver’s license, Wilson said.

“He obviously hasn’t learned his lesson at all,” Wilson said of the suspect.

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DUSTIN JONES

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