A 2008 Acura TL was going about 85 mph over the speed limit a few minutes before it ran off the road and hit a porch and garage in Purlear the night of Feb. 23, reported Trooper J.R. Miller of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Miller charged the driver, Eithen Dakota Sheets, 25, of Millers Creek, with going 131 mph in a 45-mph zone, failure to heed a blue light and siren, driving while license revoked, failure to maintain lane control, driving left of center, careless and reckless driving and stop sign violation.
Miller said he was running radar while stationary in a marked Highway Patrol car along N.C. 16 North near G&B Energy about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and clocked the northbound Acura going 85 mph in a 45-mph zone as it passed a line of about four vehicles.
Miller activated his blue light and siren and turned left onto N.C. 16 in an attempt to stop the Acura. Following behind him were troopers Jacob Cardwell and Sam Hargrove in marked cars, with their blue lights and sirens on. They had been stationary with Miller.
Although slowed by traffic on N.C. 16, Miller saw the Acura turn left on Boone Trail at the stoplights in Millers Creek.
Miller turned left on Boone Trail and said he clocked the Acura going 131 mph in a 45-mph zone in a straight-away just past West Wilkes High School. He soon saw the Acura turn right on Purlear Road and followed.
Miller said he saw the car go straight without stopping through the four-way intersection just before Purlear Baptist Church and continue in the same direction on Shingle Gap Road. A few hundred feet past the four-way intersection, the Acura ran off the left side of the road about 9:10 p.m.
Miller said car went about 90 feet off the roadway, with the driver’s side hitting the corner of the front porch on a house. He said the car then spun around and stopped when the passenger’s side hit the cinderblock wall of a nearby detached garage.
Miller said he arrived just after this happened and saw the driver, later identified as Sheets, standing near the Acura. He said Sheets complied when he ordered him to lie down on the ground.
“I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to get away because there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest and he was driving with his license suspended,” said Miller, adding that Sheets said he didn’t want to go to jail.
Sheets had bruises and scratches and was transported by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services to Wilkes Medical Center, said Miller. The Millers Creek Fire Department also responded.
He said the Acura was a total loss and the house and garage combined had $50,000 to $60,000 in damage. Miller said a person sitting in the den of the house stated that it sounded like an airplane was landing.