Car Hits Pitt County House, Driver Charged

A man was injured after his SUV slammed into a house outside of Greenville Wednesday afternoon and caught fire. According to Pitt County Memorial, Spalding was treated and released from the hospital. Troopers say they have charged him with careless and reckless driving

It happened around 3:10 p.m. on Pactolus Highway. State Troopers say Kenneth Spalding of Greenville was headed east on the highway and lost control, went off the road and traveled several hundred feet before going through a chain link fence and hitting the home.

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No one was in the house at the time and the SUV's engine caught fire, along with some of the duct work under the home. That fire was quickly extinguished. Inside the home a bathroom was heavily damaged.

Marc Place, who owns the home, says his stepson was in the process of renovating the house and planned to soon move in. Place says it's very lucky that his stepson wasn't there today.

The Highway Patrol says they do not believe alcohol played a part in the crash, but at this time are still investigating why it happened. A trooper says when Spalding regained consciousness, he told them he didn't know what happened.

The SUV managed to miss a telephone pole and pine tree before hitting the home. The vehicle ended up about a foot inside the home.

Spalding was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

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