North Carolina man arrested twice for DWI, friend charged with aiding and abetting
North Carolina State troopers say that a man was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired twice within a four-to-five-hour period July 5. After the first DWI arrest in Maysville, North Carolina, the man bonded out of jail, and was arrested just a few hours later on suspicion of DWI in Jones County. Troopers say that the accused was impaired by pills. News reports do not identify what substance law enforcement believes impaired the man while driving.
A friend of the accused had gone to the jail after the 1:30 a.m. arrest to sign the man out of jail. Police claim that the man who had bonded out of jail later wrecked his pickup truck and was arrested again on a slate of charges, including DWI, resisting arrest and drug possession charges within hours of his first DWI arrest.
Now, law enforcement is seeking charges against the friend who signed and bonded the man out of jail after the first DWI arrest. The investigating North Carolina trooper reportedly has issued a warrant, charging the friend with aiding and abetting DWI. The trooper believes that the friend had enabled the man originally accused of DWI to get behind the wheel of his pickup truck while impaired a second time within hours of the first DWI arrest.
Greenville DWI defense lawyers know that aiding and abetting charges are serious matters. Many Pitt County area residents may be surprised by aiding and abetting alcohol offense or DWI charges. In some cases, the person charges with aiding and abetting may not have been present at the time that the principle offense allegedly occurred. This blog has previously discussed aiding and abetting underage alcohol offense cases in prior entries.
- WITN, “Double DWI Case Nets More Charges,” Carly Swain, July 10, 2012
- WCTI, “Man Charged With Back-To-Back DWI’s, Parents Bail Him Out,” Jon Erickson, July 5, 2012