Reckless driver charged after nearly striking pedestrians

DARE COUNTY N.C. (WITN) - A reckless driver along the Outer Banks is facing several charges after nearly striking several pedestrians.

On Friday, Kill Devil Hills officers were called to the area of Bay Drive near 4th street around 6:30 p.m.

The driver of a 2002 white Chevy Silverado, later identified as Ralph Clayton Barlow, 40, of Kitty Hawk, had ran off the road.

Police say his vehicle nearly struck pedestrians using the multipurpose path in the neighborhood before crashing into a tree.

Barlow drove away from the scene of the crash and was later stopped less than a mile away at Highway 158 and 4th Street.

After initially stopping for the officer, Barlow then drove off again heading south on Highway 158.

He ran off the road again near the Dare Center, where his vehicle went airborne before hitting the wall of a retention pond.

Barlow was found unresponsive and was taken to Outer Banks Hospital for his injuries.

Due to his injuries Barlow was not arrested at the hospital.

He was charged with Driving While Impaired, Resisting a Public Officer and Hit and Run.