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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  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    We got it. Its never the patrolman's fault. Under any circumstance. Never ever the patrolman's fault.
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      by anomymous on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to
      I do not understand what you are trying to say????
  • by diane on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:48 PM
    So you want people to think about the fact that if it was one of their own family members that needed to be airlifted they would be less judgmental. Would you be non-judgmental if that idiot had hit and killed your family while he was drunk, not for the first time, driving without a license, and therefore no insurance, and multiple other infractions. It's time to get tough on drunk drivers and take their license AND their vehicle if they are convicted of DUI and if anyone else allows that person drive their car they should be charged with a serious crime as well for enabling them to drive. Enough of letting these idiots risk the lives of others.
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      by Donna on Nov 12, 2011 at 03:21 AM in reply to diane
      Diane I would like to think that I would be less judgemental. My sister & nephew were almost killed by a drunk driver several years ago. They each had serious injuries & my sister was in the hospital for weeks. In route to the hopital, they had to perform CPR on my sister 3 times. The drunk driver, however, was killed. I was behind my sister when this happened & can still see the person laying in the road. His family came to the hospital several times to see how they & our family were doing. They came not knowing what kind of reception they would get from us. But they came anyway. My oldest sister & myself went to the funeral. We forgave. They lost a family member. We still had ours even though it was touch & go for a while.We are a Christian family & have been raised to forgive. God has His way of dealing with things like this.
  • by Linda on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    Airlifted? What's wrong with an ambulance ride? ... he was released the same day!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    "Driving with License Revoked"...another repeat offender.
  • by fisherperson Location: manteo on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    Glad he left the party before he "crashed into home".
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      by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 at 01:04 AM in reply to fisherperson
      I was just thinking the same thing about the headline... it would be kind of difficult to crash into anything if he hadn't left the party first.
  • by country girl Location: sharp point on Nov 11, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    laws are not made to be broken, they are made because of stupid people like this. if you do not have money for drinks and a cab, just stay home! i really wish alcohol would be banned, or at least made harder to purchase. it is a drug that destroys families, lifes and does a lot more harm than people realize.
  • by flash Location: Jamesville on Nov 11, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    If all these idiots would just pay attention to the TV adds that tell about the dangers of this action, maybe it would help cut down on this type of lifestyle. The adds are allways showing people that wish they had never started this habit that has--- OH wate! I'm sorry, thats smoking that is so bad for everyone. Nevermind!!!
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      by confused on Nov 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to flash
      I've read your comment numerous times and I have no clue what you're even attempting to say.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:33 PM in reply to flash
      MTV videos cancel out those ads; simple math. The gangsta music/movies glamorize guns, drugs, loose women, fast cars, and knockin' over stores...you see? Low-ethics people don't understand living while keeping others' safety in mind...they just don't care. I wish these repeat offenders would all be sent to an island forever to deal with each other.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    So many irresponsible, disrespectful human beings. If this house was occupied, we could be looking at multiple deaths, all because of this idiots stupidity. This also goes to show us all what revoking someones license does. It does not stop anyone from driving......absolutely pathetic man.
  • by ENC on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    Flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with lacerations to the head,injuries were not life threatening, Really??? , why FLY this person , what a waste of our taxes to pay for this while has no respect for himself or anyone else he could have injured or killed while driving drunk.Just not worth it.
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      by jean on Nov 11, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to ENC
      Unfornately it is protocol when there is a head injury, person has to be air lifted to hospital. I agree, it is a waste of money.
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      by 2 ENC & Jean on Nov 11, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to ENC
      Would it be a waste of money if this person was part of your family? I for one don't know the person, regardless of the circumstances this person is alive by the grace of the man upstairs. He should thank his lucky stars. Maybe if it were your family you would think differently. Maybe not. EastCare makes many trips each and every day and one day it could be for one of your family members. Think about it.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 07:23 PM in reply to 2 ENC & Jean
        Thank you!! People are so judgemental. It's by the grace of God that the driver is alive and he knows that. EVERYBODY makes mistakes, so sad to think that people can sit on their high horses and pass judgement, as though they've never done any wrong.
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          by Donna on Nov 12, 2011 at 03:12 AM in reply to
          I agree. Regardless of the circumstance, this person still deserves medical treatment. I just love the way idiots pass judgement when it's no on'es responsibility except God. Wonder how many mistakes these fools up here have made? I guess they are perfect.
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Nov 12, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to
          He didn't make a mistake; he made the wrong decision. He chose to drink and drive.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to
          Obviously Formerly O.L.I - you've never ever made a wrong decision, because you're one of the "perfect" ones.
  • by Sad on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:37 AM
    Mary I agree!!!!!!!! H will get away with it while the family has to go through this after a death of a parent. Soooo sad! People need to figur out that drinking and driving only harms other people.
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