Vehicle crashes into house

Published 12:15 am Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Beaufort County man faces several charges after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a house, shifting the house about 6 inches on its foundation, according to law-enforcement officials.

The incident happened about 3 a.m. Friday. The house is located at 1132 Wharton Station Road.

Travern Johnson, 38, was taken to UHS-Beaufort Hospital by EMS personnel. Later, he was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. He suffered lacerations to his head. The N.C. Highway Patrol said Johnson’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Johnson was charged with driving while impaired, driving while his license is revoked, driving left of the center line, not wearing a seat belt and exceeding the speed limit.

The Highway Patrol estimated Johnson’s vehicle was traveling about 70 mph when it left the road, went through a cotton field and crashed into the house, left vacant after its owner died about a year ago. The speed limit on the section of road is 55 mph.

Investigating Trooper J. Howard reported that Johnson never applied the vehicle’s brakes.

Authorities said Johnson was returning home from a party.