WEST JEFFERSON-A Lansing man with multiple pending DWI cases added another to the list at Walmart in West Jefferson Sunday.
According to a report filed by West Jefferson Police Officer J. Muldowney, John Lyne Hambright, 48, stopped at Walmart shortly before 11 a.m. on July 17.
When he attempted to drive away from the property in his pickup truck, he failed to make a right hand turn and crashed into pallets of potting soil on the property, according to the report.
“The vehicle then back up and stopped, then accelerated forward again hitting pallets of concrete landscape blocks,” according to Muldowney’s report. “The vehicle came to rest high centered on top of the blocks.”
The crash caused some $5,000 in damage to Walmart’s property, according to the report, and an additional $2,500 in damage to Hambright’s truck.
Hambright was arrested and charged with driving while impaired and inhaling toxic vapors. He remains in the Ashe County Jail on $2,000 bond.
West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose said Hambright purchased ‘air duster’ products at Walmart and inhaled them in his truck prior to the accident. Inhaling the substance can lead to a euphoric feeling according to Rose, but can also lead to blackouts.
In addition to Sunday’s incident, Rose said Hambright has at least two other recent DWI cases pending.
In the most recent case, Hambright was charged by the North Carolina Highway Patrol with driving while impaired after he allegedly crashed into a tree just off U.S. 221, on June 6. In that case, authorities said Hambright left the scene on foot and was later found and cited at Ashe Memorial Hospital.
Rose said his department has asked DMV officials in Raleigh to re-examine Hambright and reconsider his driving status, but said no decision has yet been made to do so. As Hambright’s current DWI cases have yet to be heard in court, Rose said Hambright is still legally able to drive.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Hambright does have one prior DWI conviction from November of 2002.
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