More Charges Against Driver In Fatal Accident

There are now even more charges against a New Bern man after a deadly drunk driving crash in Pamlico County.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says Joshua Hardison has now been charged with two counts of aggravated felony serious injury by vehicle. Those charges stem because two passengers were injured in the January 21st crash on Creek Pointe Road.

Twenty-four year old Amber Jones of Grantsboro was killed in the accident and Hardison already faces felony death by vehicle and DWI charges from the accident. Thomas says Hardison's blood alcohol content was .13, while .08 is the legal limit in North Carolina.


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A man already in jail charged with driving drunk in a Pamlico County fatal wreck, is now charged with causing the death of a woman in the car with him.

Investigators say the group was out mudding and were headed home when the crash happened.

Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Hardison of New Bern was charged Wednesday with felony death by vehicle for the early Saturday morning crash in Pamlico County on Creek Pointe road. Twenty-four-year-old Amber Jones of Grantsboro was killed.

District Attorney Scott Thomas says Hardison's blood alcohol content registered .13, A blood alcohol content of .08 and a person is considered impaired.

Thomas says after meeting with the investigating state trooper Hardison is now charged with aggravated felony death by vehicle, and more charges may be filed pending further investigation of injuries by other passengers.

Hardison is in the Pamlico County jail under a secured bond. His first court appearance is Friday.

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One woman was killed and four others injured in a wreck early Saturday morning in Pamlico County. Troopers say the five had been mudding and were heading home when the wreck occurred.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. on Creek Point Rd. off of Lee Landon Road.

Troopers say Joshua Hardison was driving a 1995 Jeep on the dirt road when he ran off the road to the right and struck a tree. Troopers say Hardison had been drinking and it was raining at the time.

Amber Jones was killed in the wreck. Troopers say Jones was in the backseat of the Jeep on the right side.

Four others were injured, one of them seriously.

Hardison has been charged with DWI. Other charges are possible pending further investigation.

According to troopers Hardison was driving too fast for conditions of the road. They estimate he was driving around 60 mph.

Hardison has one prior conviction for DWI.


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  • by rusty Location: aurora on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    why did they wait to put these second charges on him? it was apparant at the scene that there were others that were injured in the accident.
  • by Anonymous Location: Out there on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    One of my neighbor's sons has had three DUI arrests in one year. He was able to beat them all and it still out there driving. Go figure ...
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      by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:07 PM in reply to Anonymous
      There are alot of people who have dui's and beat them. It is not only your neighbor's son.
  • by Glad Location: Craven County on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    Thank you Scott Thomas for not letting him get away with murder... I think getting behind the wheel of a car drunk should be Pre-meditated MURDER... you drink and you pay...
  • by amazed Location: new bern on Jan 31, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    I am floored after looking at this boys record as to how he has not been punished for any of the crimes do you think that if he had he would of thought before driving again? what I want to know is how his parents pulled strings and who they have something on in order to get him out of trouble! To me they and the judicial sytem are just as guilty along with the grandparents who hosted the party!
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      by other passenger on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:08 AM in reply to amazed
      he has been punished in the past with 71 days in jail, extensive fines, and also with supervised probation.......dont comment if you dont know what you are talking about
  • by concerned Location: new bern on Jan 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
    out on probation ? If you read the sun journal today , you would see his rap sheet .Who let him out? if they kept him locked up the girl would be alive .Obviosly the probation didnt work , now someones dead .Maybe a good vacation in the slammer will help. I think the whole probation system is at fault surprise another murder by someone out on probation/parole
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM
    years ago, some friends and i had too much to drink and decided to take a bus home. we all made it home safe and sound. of course i never drove a bus before and we had no idea where we got it.
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      by me on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM in reply to voter
      That is not funny or anything to brag about.
  • by hmmmm... Location: location on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    well, didn't see anything about Jeep being sued over malfunctioning steering mechanisms anywhere now did we? I wonder if further charges may include endangerment of a minor? Yes, he got in but there were 4, excuse the phrase, 'adults' in that vehicle also that should've been held accountable for their actions. Josh wasn't the only one w/a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
  • by tug Location: new bern on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    Put on here before that I know the people involved. I do feel for them and especially for their families. .13 alcohol content pretty much says it all. Doesn't matter if the steering broke, as the driver he is responsible and is decision making was impaired. Josh made a mistake and got behind the wheel, and he will have to pay for it. But it will be nothing compared to looking at himself every day in the mirror. Prays go out to all the families.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    The person that has never made a mistake or error in judgement raise you hand.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:55 AM in reply to
      Now those of you who don't realize that those "mistakes" and "errors in judgment" have consequences, keep your hand up. This young man chose to break the law and someone got killed. It's now time to pay the piper.
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        by Swansboro on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to
        Yes I belive anyone who does wrong should pay the price. But this young lady who lost her life , My prayers go out to the family .. But did anyone forse her into the car .. Why do people get into cars with someone who has been drinking , they are taking a big chance with their own life ..
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    My personal rule is two beers. Anymore than that, I'll wait or call a friend/cab.
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      by tug on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:27 AM in reply to
      my personal rule is none. Risk is not worth it. forget the DUI's, and insurance, etc. If I get a DUI the USCG pulls my license and I lose my job.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to tug
        Well I know this guy who has drove drunk twice(maybe more than that)and crash two cars and have never been charged. He is in the military and they took care of it.
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