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Johnston County roads closed after car hits power pole

Posted November 12, 2010

— Two Johnston County roads are partially blocked after a car crashed into a utility pole early Friday, state troopers said.

Troopers said that Alan Demeterius Jones, 29, of Zebulon, was driving east on N.C. Highway 231, near Covered Bridge Road, around 2:30 a.m. His car ran off the road, struck a ditch, went airborne and crashed into a utility pole.

Jones suffered non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said.

Both N.C. 231 and Covered Bridge Road remained partially blocked later Friday morning. State transportation workers were setting up a detour.

Crews had to replace the utility pole and clean up power lines strewn across the roads, troopers said.

Troopers said that alcohol and speed were factors in the wreck. Jones was charged with driving while impaired and driving left of the center line.


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  • princessdukedaisey Nov 12, 2010

    This road is bad enough to drive at 2:30 in the morning completely sober. (FYI, Deer's are awful in this area) But people that are saying God was looking after him...that's a load. I personally am thinking God that he hit a pole and not an innocent family. I was just driving this road last week at about the same time coming home from the hospital with my son.
    This man made a choice to drink and drive and had it actually not been for the alcohol, this wreck would probably have killed him. Don't take pity on someone who could have killed themselves or someone else. Take pity on people who are innocent and deserve it.

  • gidget Nov 12, 2010

    This was my road. I heard the crash. I heard several "explosions" after the crash. Didn't know what cause them until the news chopper showed up this morning.
    This driver could have hurt or killed me or my family. When will people learn that the ultimate price of a "good time" could be an innocent victim's life! Call a cab or make sure you have a DD before you drink. Too many of my loved one's have been killed by drunk drivers already. No More!!!

  • Adelinthe Nov 12, 2010

    Headline makes it sound like ALL the roads in Johnston County are closed.

    Someone needs journalist classes.

    Praying those in the car are ok.

    God bless.


  • Mark G Nov 12, 2010

    Thank God no one else was within the path of yet another person who "allegedy" was so selfish and arrogant as to take to the roads while intoxicated on anything.

    Those posting here comparing cigarettes to alcohol are comparing apples to oranges. Why would you want to use this forum to compare the two, coming across as almost saying it's better to drive drunk than smoke? Both are harmful, but in entirely different categories.

  • JetNoise Nov 12, 2010

    Anyone drinking and driving on that curvy road isn't very bright. Drinking and driving isn't very bright anyways.

    Glad he didn't kill anyone.

  • sayitoutloud Nov 12, 2010

    hereandnow, how many deaths by car crash have you heard of where the person at fault was smoking a cigarette? Im not sure why smoking was even brought up, but this knuckle head was drunk driving. Lets stick to the topic at hand. When someone dies in a car crash by a smoker, then you can bring your statistics up.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 12, 2010

    cjoyce, people have become numb to all of the smoking deaths. Every day, it gets less surprising and less newsworthy that cigarettes kill non-smokers.

    And if you do some research, you'll see that cigarettes are, by far, the bigger killer. Drunk driving kills less than 20,000 per year, but second-hand smoke kills about 40,000 non-smokers in addition to about 400,000 smokers.

    And now, they've found out that the smoke particles left on the clothing of smokers is also dangerous...so we have third-hand smoke that's the source of sickness and may help explain all of the non-smoker deaths related to smoking.

    The sooner people accept that cigarette smoke is just complete and utter poison (like Asbestos, Benzene, Radon and other Class-A Carcinogens) the healthier we'll all be.

  • live to ride Nov 12, 2010

    maybe instead of lawmakers being so concerned about people smoking they should be concerned about people drinking because drinking seems to cause more accidents and deaths than someone smoking. You never hear where an accident was caused by someone smoking.

  • sayitoutloud Nov 12, 2010

    The alcohol is what saved his drunken but. Hopefully he learned a lesson.

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 12, 2010

    Watch this, hold my beer!

    Glad to hear he'll be ok and hope he heeds this wake up call.