Troopers: Underage Drunk Driver Nearly Hits Highway Patrol Station

It's no secret that state troopers are always on the lookout for drunk drivers. Well now they may be landing at their front door.

Sunday afternoon troopers say a drunk driver plowed toward their Greenville headquarters on 10th Street. A metal railing prevented the car from actually hitting the buidling.

Sgt. Ernie Coleman was inside doing paperwork and says he heard the crash. He looked out to see if anyone was hurt. "At that time no was in the car. I looked to the right and noticed someone in a yellow shirt running to the King's Handy Mart."

Coleman says moments later that man in the yellow shirt returned and the trooper says he noticed a strong odor of alcohol.

Charged with DWI, drunk driving while underage, hit and run and careless and reckless driving was 19-year-old James Brake of Kitty Hawk.

Luckily no one was injured in the crash. As for Brake, he has bonded out of jail.


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  • by truth Location: nc on Dec 6, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    he was hammered from that morning, an was speeding. He's told me a few times. He had to swerve because the car infront of him stopped and he was doing about 65.
  • by john Location: kitty hawk on Apr 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    lol. ashliegh is completely wrong and needs to take english
  • by How about this news station get their facts straight..? Location: Kitty Hawk,Nc on Mar 26, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    I completely agree with Kary. He made a mistake, honestly?
  • by T Location: Greenvile on Mar 26, 2009 at 03:43 PM
    ToBeSureNot.. Yea, you are right about fighting for our country, however this idiot looks as though he could not spell his name, much less enter the military. You might work on your grammar as well.Can't fix stupid!!
  • by ToBeSureNot Location: K-town on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    First of all he is not to young to drink it might be illegal, why I dont know. You can fight for this country at that age but you can't drink a beer,OHH KAYYY! And second, it is legal to drink and get drunk, does the law know ounce your drunk your mind isn't going to be in the right place. Think about it.
  • by haha Location: kitty hawk on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    and i would also like to add that this news station has there various counties that they have there news topics for and we live on the outer banks which is DARE COUNTY, not just outer banks, your welcome
  • by wow greenville Location: kitty hawk on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    I think that it is stupid to put this on the news and online. I think there is very many other topics this news station could have come up with than to pick on a teenager. Nobody was hurt, a handrail got bent, and somebody got a dui. big deal
  • by PT Location: Washington on Mar 25, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    I would just like to add that drinking & driving does have serious consequences. I am not even talking about legal consequences. My nephew spent months in the hospital due to an accident caused by a drink driver. He was 8 yrs old when this happened his face was fractured, femor hip ankle & broken, his spine was separated by 1 full inch & his tongue was almost completely severed. He had numerous surgeries & more to come. He spent his 9th birthday in a traction halo. He is very, very lucky to be here & I am thankful that he is still here. The thing that people dont realize is that this could have been prevented by someone choosing not to drive drunk or buzzed. As far as this situation goes i am glad no one was hurt & hope that there is a lesson learned. I know evryone thinks it wont happen to them but we didnt think it would happen to us either. Rick & Ashleigh I wish u well in Florida maybe u will fit in better there since yall dont seem to like us north carolinians very much.
  • by Jake (By God) Johnson Location: G-Vegas on Mar 25, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    Can you say HOOKED-ON-Phonics!!!
  • by HERBERT Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    Haha.... These comments are ridiculous. People are saying they know the real story when they don't and people are fighting over something that has been done and is over with. Fact 1 you cant still be drunk from the clubs the night before when they stop serving at 2. Fact 2 Unless he drank through the night he wouldnt still be drunk at 130 the next day. Fact 3 you dont run unless you know your drunk. Fact 4 you shouldnt be out driving drunk period....
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