15-year-old charged with DWI after crash critically injures passenger in Thomasville
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A 15-year-old was taken into custody and faces numerous charges including DWI after a crash that critically injured a passenger in the vehicle, according to Lt. Brad Saintsing with Thomasville police.
The accident happened at 11:21 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of Hasty School Road and Pin Oak Drive.
Saintsing said as the first officer arrived at the scene, the driver of the vehicle fled on foot. After a brief chase, the driver was apprehended and identified as a 15-year-old juvenile.
The juvenile complained of an injury and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where they were treated and released, Saintsing said.
When then juvenile was released, they were charged with driving while impaired, causing felonious serious injury as a result of driving while impaired and resisting/delaying/obstructing an officer.
A secured custody order was obtained and the juvenile was placed in the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center.
The passenger in the vehicle, Joseph Bondurant, 21, of Thomasville, was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition, Saintsing said.
Preliminary investigation by the Traffic Safety Unit indicates that the juvenile was traveling west on Hasty School Road at a high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The crash remains under investigation.