A Johnston County man faces charges after an eventful drive home from a bar last weekend.
The trip started at the Plan B bar on West Market Street, where John Stanley Creech, 22, of 371 Bonnie Ave., Smithfield, got behind the wheel of his 2005 Toyota Scion TC around 2:15 a.m. last Sunday, according to police reports.
On his way out of the parking lot, Creech backed into a 2007 Nissan belonging to Maria Billups of Selma, Smithfield Police Capt. R.K. Powell said.
Creech then tried to leave the scene, Powell said, but 32-year-old Bryan Gray of Smithfield intervened to block his way out of the lot.
“Mr. Gray stepped in front of the vehicle, trying to stop him,” Powell said. “Creech didn’t stop, striking Gray and knocking him to the ground.”
Smithfield police arrested Creech about 90 minutes later at a friend’s house in the Brogden community, Powell said.
Police charged Powell with two felonies – leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He is charged also with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. That was for hitting Billups’ car, police said.
Police charged Creech with driving while impaired after a Breathalyzer registered his blood-alcohol content at .07 around 5:15 a.m. That’s just under the legal limit, Powell said, but police took into consideration that the incident occurred three hours before the test.
Gray was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh in critical condition. His condition was upgraded to fair on Tuesday, Powell said, but he remained in the hospital on Wednesday.
Creech was jailed under an $80,000 bond. He is schedule to appear in court Sept. 10.
Other pending charges
Creech already faced a similar set of charges after an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of his 21st birthday.
In December 2013, according to police, Creech did more than $1,000 in damage to a fence and mailbox while driving drunk. Creech was arrested around 4 a.m., records show, and he blew a .07 just after 6 a.m. Police filed charges of DWI, failure to report an accident and reckless driving. Creech made a $2,000 bail later the same day using a bail bondsman, records show.
The case has been continued numerous time, and the next court date is set for Aug. 18.
On May 22, a Johnston County Sheriff’s deputy charged Creech with possessing cocaine, records show. With the help of a bail bondsman, he made his $10,000 bond the same day.
Creech went to court Thursday on the drug charge. The result of the court appearance was not available in time for this edition of the Herald.