Man crashes car into front yard of Havelock police officer


Havelock rescue personnel remove an injured man from a car that crashed Tuesday afternoon on Forest Hill Drive. Witnesses said the man was driving recklessly before he left the road and struck several trash cans and mail boxes before hitting a culvert in the yard of police officer Brian Borton.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 05:10 PM.

A man witnesses said was driving recklessly crashed his car in a most convenient place for authorities, the front yard of a Havelock police officer.

Authorities responded to a crash Tuesday afternoon that happened in front of Lt. Brian Borton’s home on Forest Hill Drive in Havelock.

Witnesses said a man, identified by police as Sean Harvey, 35, of Havelock, was driving his Kia Spectra EX between 70 and 95 mph in the 25 mph zone and went through a stop sign on the residential side street before crashing.

The vehicle left the road near 212 Forest Hill Drive and traveled 391 feet, taking out trash cans, mail boxes, and newspaper tubes, until it struck the culvert under Borton’s driveway at 218 Forest Hill Drive.

“All I heard was wooom,” said witness Shirley Jones, who had just arrived at her home at 217 Forest Hill Drive when she saw the crash. “I just got out of my car when I heard him. All the debris was just flying. Everything was just flying until he came to a stop. It was just bang, boom, bang.”

Havelock Fire and Rescue Personnel helped Harvey from the wrecked car, and he was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. His condition was not immediately available, but he was alert after the crash and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The car crushed one city trash receptacle into a mangled heap while depositing its contents all over the roadside ditch.

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