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STOKESDALE, N.C. — A 19-year-old from Stokesdale was ticketed Tuesday morning after troopers say he crashed a car into a church. 

Trooper Michael Elrod with the State Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle wreck happened between 5 and 6 a.m. at 1808 Gideon Grove Church Road. 

According to Elrod, 19-year-old Arthur Ryan Ray was driving a Nissan Sentra when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and he over-corrected. 

The car then went off the left side of the road and traveled through a field and gravel parking lot before hitting the church, Elrod said. 

Elrod says Ray claimed he was forced off the road by another driver, however investigators have not been able to confirm that. 

There were no signs of intoxication, impairment or speeding, he added. 

Ray was taken to Moses Cone Hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Elrod said. 

He was cited for driving without a license and driving left of center. 

Damage to the church was estimated at $20,000.