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Car crashes into fence around Chatham County Courthouse

Posted May 4, 2010

— A car crashed into the fencing and scaffolding surrounding the Chatham County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The fencing has been in place since March 25 when the courthouse was severely damaged by a fire.

Authorities said the driver of a late-model Dodge Charger was unable to stop as he entered the traffic circle around the courthouse just after 2 p.m. 

The driver, Salmon David Alston, was transported by ambulance to a hospital, said Chatham County spokeswoman Debra J. Henzey. His injuries did not appear to be serious.

The scaffolding was apparently not severely damaged, Henzey said. A wrecker had been called to remove the vehicle.


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  • racinjunki May 5, 2010

    Kind of throwing the first stones?

    I worked with SD Alston for 15 years, as far as I know the man never took a drink. His whole family are some of the best people anyone here would be lucky enough to know. I would put my money on some kind of medical reason being at the root of whatever happened.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 4, 2010

    Guess they didn't hear about the courthouse fire and wasn't looking for the altered traffic pattern.

    Or.... as RainierBeer stated.... could have been that three martini lunch.

  • YeaOh May 4, 2010

    Come on guys, we are all winners.

  • RainierBeer May 4, 2010

    that circle can be confusing, specially after a three martini lunch!

  • snshine62d May 4, 2010

    onyourheels wrote:those people in chatham co are determined to bring down the courthouse.

    Maybe it's people from wake county trying to look at the poor court house instead of paying attention to their driving????

  • uncfan89 May 4, 2010

    people just loose their minds going around that circle. When I worked up there @ least once a week someone went around it backwards.

  • hpr641 May 4, 2010

    Malocchio: Exactly! Is it just TOO hard to instead write "Driver of car unable to stop upon entering traffic circle"

  • Cracka Jack May 4, 2010

    was the car unable to stop or was the driver unable to stop the car?

  • Capitals Fan May 4, 2010

    Note to self: Don't go anywhere near the Chatham County Courthouse.

  • Mugu May 4, 2010

    NC drivers... best in the world!