Man charged with DWI in four-vehicle crash on US 311

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A man is charged with driving while impaired in a four-vehicle crash that shut down several lanes of U.S. Highway 311 Tuesday morning in High Point.

According to police, the crash happened shortly before 4:45 a.m. on the U.S. 311 bypass near Skeet Club Road and North Main Street. 

Police said Mekaeel A. Byrd, 25, of High Point, was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima south on U.S. 311 “at a high rate of speed” when he collided with a 1995 Toyota 4Runner driven by Robert Dean Halter, 57, of Kernersville. 

Halter lost control after the collision, crossed the median and overturned in the northbound lanes of the highway, police said. 

A northbound Chevrolet Venture minivan driven by Richard O’Neal, 41, of Asheboro,  struck Halter’s overturned vehicle, police said.  Afterward, police said Halter’s vehicle was struck again by a northbound 2001 Cadillac Deville driven by Adam Craig, 28, of Winston-Salem. 

Halter, who suffered multiple fractures to his left hand and foot and lacerations to his face, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.  Police said the injuries are non-life threatening.

Police said Byrd, who injured his head because he was not “properly restrained,” was treated at High Point Regional Hospital.  He is charged with DWI, felony serious injury by motor vehicle, failing to reduce speed, and a seatbelt violation and received a $5,000 unsecured bond. 

O’Neal and Craig suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene, police said. 

U.S. 311 North was blocked between the Johnson Street exit and Highway 66 until about 8 a.m.  The southbound lanes were closed for about two hours. 

Police said the investigation is ongoing.