A 20-year-old Henderson man is accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 540 in North Raleigh while inebriated and underage.
A Wake County deputy reportedly spotted Miguel Angel Perez-Cruz, 20, traveling west on the highway’s eastbound lanes at speeds between 60 and 70 mph in a sport utility vehicle about 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to an affidavit by the deputy.
After the deputy pulled Perez-Cruz over, he sped off after a deputy exited a sheriff’s vehicle. Perez-Cruz then nearly hit several cars head on, according to a note on a court document.
Once the suspect stopped again near the intersection of U.S. 1 and I-540, a deputy determined Perez-Cruz had a strong odor of alcohol about him, was unsteady on his feet and had an open container in his vehicle, according to the affidavit.
A breath test showed Perez-Cruz’s blood-alcohol level at 0.2, compared to a legal limit for drivers older than 21 of 0.08.
Perez-Cruz faces a felony charge of fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and charges of driving while impaired and driving after consuming.
He was being held Monday at the Wake County Detention Center, his bail set at $11,000.