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Soldier crashes into mobile home, charged with DWI

Posted August 4, 2008

— A Jeep occupied by two Fort Bragg soldiers ran off the road and flipped over before crashing into a mobile home in Spring Lake early Sunday.

State troopers said that Michael Anthony Almendarez, 36, was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee east on Chapel Hill Road around 4:30 a.m. when he ran off the road to the right at Balsawood Circle. Almendarez over-corrected and went off the left side of  the road.

The Jeep struck a fire hydrant, which caused it to flip over at least once, troopers said. The Jeep crashed into a mobile home and came to a rest on its passenger side, facing west.

Almendarez and his passenger suffered minor injuries, and no one inside the mobile home was hurt.

Troopers said the crash caused an estimated $15,000 worth of damage to the mobile home. The owner, Delton Wilson, said that wreck took off the back of the home and that the Red Cross was helping him.

Troopers arrested released the passenger at the scene and arrested Almendarez. In a Breathalyzer test administered three hours after wreck, he had 0.09 blood-alcohol-content level.

Almendarez faces charges of driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, and driving without a license. Troopers said he carried a Texas drivers' license, but it was marked with a no-renewal status.


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  • RonnieR Aug 4, 2008

    Apparently the Republic of Texas had a block on his renewal so he could not renew it. So that would not apply. One has to be eligible to hold a DL in the home state/commonwealth for that rule to aply.

  • Adelinthe Aug 4, 2008

    Service men and women are not required to renew their driver's licenses while in the military UNTIL they return to their home state, either for good or for a visit.

    Still, this is going to cost plenty with the whole back of someone's living quarters demolished.

    Throw the book at him.

    Thanking God no one was seriously injured.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB