Charges were filed Monday morning against a North Wilkesboro man who had a head-on collision with a state trooper in the Broadway community last month that left the trooper seriously injured, according to First Sgt. M.S. McLeod of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Luis Castillo, 37, was charged with habitual driving while impaired and aggravated serious injury by motor vehicle, both felonies. He was also charged with driving while license revoked.
Castillo, with four prior convictions for DWI, was served with the arrest warrants as he was being released from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, McLeod said.
He had been a patient in the Stitch Center at Baptist, undergoing treatment of multiple fractures sustained in the wreck.
Castillo, held under a $100,000 secured bond, was taken by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services to the Wilkes County Courthouse for a first appearance hearing and then transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh, where he will be held until trial.
McLeod explained that Central Prison has a hospital wing, which will allow Castillo’s medical treatment to continue.
McLeod, Sgt. R.K. Aldridge and Trooper C.M. Anderson escorted the ambulance from Winston-Salem to Wilkes.
Trooper J.G. Barnes, 31, was driving a marked Dodge Charger patrol vehicle southbound on N.C. 115 and Castillo was driving a 2005 Buick Lacrosse sedan northbound on N.C. 115 when the Buick went left of center and hit Barnes’s vehicle head-on at 10:12 p.m. Sept. 15, the Highway Patrol said in a news release.
The wreck happened near the Broadway Fire Station.
Barnes sustained leg, foot, shoulder and foot fractures, McLeod said. Barnes, who underwent multiple surgeries, was released from Baptist recently and is recovering at home. McLeod noted that Barnes has a lot of orthopedic rehabilitation ahead before he returns to duty.