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The Daily Reflector

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A 60-year-old Winterville man was charged with driving while impaired after police said he ran a red light, collided with another vehicle and fled the scene according to a weekly review of Pitt County court records and a State Highway Patrol crash report.  

Willie Lee Durham, of 2379 Wedgewood Drive was arrested by the Greenville Police Department on Nov. 6 after he ran a steady light at the intersection of South Memorial Drive and Dickinson Avenue and his 1999 Dodge van turned in front of a 2012 Nissan passenger car being driven by Terrance Purvis of Greenville. After the crash, which occurred at 7:45 a.m., Durham fled the scene but was later located and apprehended by police. 

At the time of impact, Durham’s vehicle was traveling 30 mph and Purvis’ vehicle was traveling 20 mph.  The speed limit for that section of road is 45.

Durham’s van sustained $1,000 in damages and Purvis’ car sustained $2,000 in damages.     

Durham was charged with failure to stop at a steady red light, hit and run and driving while impaired. 

Neither driver required medical treatment or transport to the hospital.  

Durham had red, glassy eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath and was unsteady on his feet. His blood alcohol level was 0.14.  

Durham was among six people charged with driving while impaired according to court records and law enforcement reports available between Nov. 4 and Nov.11.  In the other cases, court documents indicate:

■ Kron Tyquandre Artis, 24, of 1212 Price Drive, was stopped at 2:12 a.m. on Nov. 7 near East Hanrahan Road and Dudley Road near Grifton by the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. He drove off the shoulder of the road to the right and over a traffic island and an open container fell out of the vehicle.  He also had an odor of alcohol on his breath and red, glassy eyes.  He refused a breathalyzer test.  He is currently on probation for DWI.  

■ Justin Artis Wayne Johnson, 28, of 1412 W. 6th St., was stopped at 12:03 a.m. on Nov. 11, near U.S. 264 Alternate and Old Pactolus Road by the State Highway Patrol. He was traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, red, glassy eyes, and slurred speech. His blood alcohol level was 0.12. 

■ Desarae Marie Perry, 24, of 102 James Circle, Elizabeth City was stopped at 8:47 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the parking lot of Food Lion on Old Tar Road by the Winterville Police Department. She crashed into a parked car. She had slurred speech and glassy eyes. Her blood alcohol level was unavailable.

■ Franciso Castaneda-Ramirez, 45, of 3732 Buck Moore Road, Macclesfield, was stopped at 9:07 a.m. on Nov. 9 near Briley Road by the State Highway Patrol. He ran off the road to the right, crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the left before striking a ditch. He also had slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and kept repeating questions. He had several open containers of alcohol in his vehicle. He had red, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He also was cited for driving while his license was revoked.  His blood alcohol level was unavailable. 

■ Cody Braxton Taylor, 24, of 137 Middle Landing, Smithfield, was stopped at 2:50 p.m. on Nov. 10 near Southeast Greenville Boulevard and East 10th Street by the Greenville Police Department. He also was charged with failing to maintain lane control and almost struck another vehicle. He struck the median before pulling over. He had an odor of alcohol on his breath and admitted to drinking. His blood alcohol level was 0.10. 

This report may not include all DWI arrests made during the time period. Call 329-9572 to report arrests, dismissals or reduced charges.


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