Police accuse Zebulon man of habitual impaired driving

From staff reportsAugust 18, 2012 

— Police charged a 36-year-old man from Zebulon with habitual impaired driving early Saturday, a felony charge that indicates he had been convicted of driving while impaired at least three times since 2002.

Jermaine Wiggins of 440 Creech Johnson Road was arrested on Capital Boulevard shortly before 1:30 a.m., according to an arrest report. In addition to the felony, he was charged with driving while impaired Saturday, a misdemeanor.

The arrest report does not list the times that police determined he had been convicted of DWI. State Department of Correction online records list Jermaine Wiggins as having convictions for driving while impaired on Nov. 23, 2002, and May 9, 2003.

A person can be charged with habitual impaired driving “if he drives while impaired ... and has been convicted of three or more offenses involving impaired driving ... within 10 years of the date of this offense,” state statutes say.

Someone convicted of habitual impaired driving has his driver’s license revoked permanently, must be sentenced to at least 12 months in prison and may have his vehicle seized.

Wiggins posted bail and was released from the Wake County Detention Center.

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