UPDATE: Accident Victim Faces Charges After Gun Is Fired

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says the victim of an accident where a gun was fired from inside his car Monday night faces charges in the incident.

The sheriff's office identifies the driver as 36-year-old Jonathan Stephen Kremkau of Grimesland. They say after crashing his car north of the Grimesland Bridge he fired a handgun at least five times, shooting himself in the leg.

Kremkau is at PCMH recovering from his wounds, but authorities say he's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill because he also fired the handgun at a motorist who stopped to help him and was walking towards his car.

Kremkau is also charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession with intent to sell and deliver. More charges are expected.

When asked why Kremkau started firing in the first place, Christy Wallace of the sheriff's Office said the case is still under investigation, but that he was "Irate and delusional while they were on scene."

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An accident victim suffered a gunshot wound when Pitt County Sheriff's officials say a pistol in his car went off during the crash.

The accident happened around 9:50 Monday night just north of the Grimesland Bridge Road Bridge when the driver lost control and struck the guardrail.

The sheriff's office says the driver, only identified as a 37-year-old Greenville man, was struck in the leg when the pistol went off. They believe the gun was under his seat at the time of the crash.

The sheriff's office says the man suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

Grimesland Bridge will be closed for several hours overnight but we're told that won't last all night.

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Several fire and emergency crews have been dispatched to an accident on Grimesland Bridge Road where a vehicle is on its side and a person pinned in.

Traffic is being blocked off at Sticks Road while crews respond to the accident.

The call came in around 10:00 Monday night of an accident just north of the bridge on Grimesland Bridge Road. Fire crews, EMS and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office are all on scene.

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  • by REM Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    @For Life: You are totally incorrect. It is not against the law, and is NOT dangerous if you handle/store it properly. Stop spreading FUD.
  • by Andy Nonomus on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    A loaded gun inside a car is NOT Illegal. PBO hasn't passed that law yet. If it is in plain view, no problem, concealed with a permit, no problem.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    This is sad...look at all the misinformation that "What's beyond your target?" has spread by this single post. People, if you don't know the laws, perhaps do some research before spreading misinformation to others.
  • by For Life Location: Keanensville on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    Keeping a loaded handgun within reach of anyone inside of a car is dangerous and result in accident..... and against the law..... that is thedanger of owning one and keeping near wheather the drugs were the reason it went off is what will be under investigation. how terrible to have that happen and recieve those multiple offence charges.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 2, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    He might be up for a Darwin award.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    If you're going to be dumb. You better be tough.
  • by REM Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    Drugs. Now the story makes sense.
  • by REM Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    @What's beyond your target?: "I thought the law says that you can't have a loaded gun in a vehicle while on a state maintained road." -- No, the law allows for you to have a firearm in your vehicle (and concealed in your vehicle if you have the appropriate permit). I highly recommend that you visit the NC DOJ website and obtain the laws on handguns/weapons. It's somewhat easy to read with not too much lawyer lingo.
  • by Rusty Shackelford on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:59 AM
    NOW it makes more sense!
  • by Unloaded Comment on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    Yeah, they ship guns loaded from the factory don't they? It doesn't make sense not to....right?
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