A Winston-Salem man was hurt in a wreck Friday morning on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro at the intersection with N.C. 268 West, reported Officer D.L. Caudle of the Wilkesboro Police Department.

Chris Pankey, 33, driving a 2007 Toyota sport utility vehicle, suffered facial injuries and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services.

Pankey was eastbound around 9:30 a.m. when he went off on the left and into a grassy median, sliding about 380 feet, Caudle said. The vehicle then became airborne for about 120 feet before landing on N.C. 268 West, he stated. It  came to rest atop a guardrail.

Caudle said Pankey had trouble talking due to being injured, but was able to tell the officer that he had fallen asleep at the wheel after not getting enough sleep due to working the prior night.

Pankey was charged with failure to maintain lane control, driving while license revoked and failure to wear a seatbelt, Caudle said.

Damage to the Toyota was estimated by the officer at $8,000. The guardrail had about $1,500 in damage.

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