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Stokes Co. man faces DWI charges after driving into skating rink

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Benjamin Watts

RALEIGH, N.C. — A suspected drunk driver went barreling into the Jellybeans Skate Center in Cary Sunday afternoon.

Police say Benjamin Watts, 28, of Stokes County, is facing DWI charges after a high-speed chase that began on Nottingham Drive ended at the skate rink around 5:15 p.m.

According to WTVD, officers first saw Watts driving his Ford Bronco at a high speed and started to follow him.

That is when police say he barreled into the rink’s parking lot, hit the building, jumped out of his car, and ran inside the skate center, where he was arrested.

No injuries were reported. Luckily, the skate rink had closed at 5 p.m.

An inspector came and checked out the building, and said it was safe to reopen. However, the crash caused about $15,000 worth of damage.

Watts went before a magistrate Sunday night and admitted he had too much to drink.

“About ugh four beers…it was totally out of my character and I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.

Still, Watts said it was not him behind the wheel, and that a friend was driving his car.

“It was some guy I met over there at the train station,” he said.

Watts is facing several charges, including resisting arrest and obstructing justice.

He is currently being held at the Wake County Detention Center and will be in court Monday.

11 comments

      • uncgslim85

        Ok grammer police I was typing on my cell phone… I could misspell every word in my post… I still would not be as dumb as this toothless hillbilly in this article..surprise!!!

    • thomas

      Not sure what is worse: the dumb, inbred redneck from the south or the arrogant, liberal haters of the south who choose to live here, eh uncgslim? Don’t like the south, please leave, take your left-wing failures with you, and don’t come back!

      • angie

        I know Ben also…how sad that people can be so cruel with these comments not knowing him or anything about him! As a mom, I would hate to see these comments! He has made a terrible mistake and is surely at a very low point….how sad to be judged this way.

  • Amy

    Wow! All of these hateful comments are so out of line! Ben is a great guy that made a mistake like we all do! Just because he sinned differently from all of you that has judged him doesn’t mean that he’s a bad person! He graduated from NC State and is very intelligent! He looks rough in this picture due to the wreck.

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