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Impaired driver crashes, flees scene

July 28, 2011

An impaired driver tried to flee the scene of his own car accident in Newton on Thursday, but didn’t make it very far.

Police say Timothy R. Holiday, 49, of Shelby, was traveling north on Startown Road in Newton on Thursday when his 2005 Toyota Tundra ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility box. The car then continued across the intersection of N.C. 10 and hit a utility pole in front of the Kangaroo convenience store.

Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough said Holiday briefly left his vehicle before getting back in and leaving the scene driving east on N.C. 10. Yarborough said officers stopped and arrested Holida not far from the scene near the intersection of N.C. 10 and U.S. 321.

Holida is charged with DWI impairing substance, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Yarborough said additional charges are pending.

Holida was not hurt in the accident, and there were no other parties involved.

The accident caused minor damage to the utility box and pole; however, the front end damage to Holiday’s car was estimated dat $7,000, Yarborough said.

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