OFFICIALS: Driver Left Party Before Crashing Into Home

Lawmen say a man was driving drunk from a party when he crashed his jeep into a home around 3:00 a.m. Friday.

The home is located at 1132 Wharton Station Rd., right off Highway 17 in Washington. The owner of the home died about a year and a half ago, according to relatives, and the house was vacant at the time of the crash.

Lawmen say Travern Johnson, 38, was taken to the hospital by EMS, then flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with lacerations to the head. Johnson was later released from the hospital.

Lawmen say at the time of the wreck it was unclear whether Johnson was alone in car, so Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies searched the area for a possible second occupant but later determined Johnson was alone.

Lawmen say Johnson appeared heavily intoxicated, which led to their misunderstanding about how many people were involved.

Troopers charged Johnson with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, driving left of center, driving without seat belt, and exceeding the speed limit.

Lawmen estimate Johnson was driving 70 mph when he left the road, drove through a cotton field, and smashed into the house. Trooper Howard says the crash happened in a 55 mph zone.

Howard says Johnson never hit the brakes.

Damages to the home have not been determined, though structural damage to the foundation is evident from the outside. The home shifted almost a half foot on the foundation.

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