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.
Jennifer Conrad said she was behind the vehicle on East Main Street, also turning left into Forest Hill Drive, when she said the Kia took off.
“I saw him put his vehicle in gear and he just booked,” Conrad said. “He gunned it. He went through the stop sign and before I knew it I seen a trash can going up in the air.”
Conrad’s estimate of Harvey’s speed was between 90 and 95 mph. Jones estimated Harvey’s speed at 70. Havelock police are investigating and have not released an estimated speed at the time of the crash.
After hitting the side of the police officer’s driveway, the dark blue four-door passenger car lurched into the air before coming to rest perpendicular to the street.
“When the car hit that, it went up in the air. It hit that hard,” Jones said.
Conrad stopped, called 9-1-1, and then ran up to the vehicle.
“He tried to start his car up three times to try to leave,” Conrad said. “His comment was ‘I need to get home before they arrest me.’ He was covered in blood.”
The vehicle had a smashed windshield and the airbag had deployed.
“His face was busted up and the air bag was in pieces,” Jones said.
Trina Charles was inside her home at 214 Forest Hills Drive at the time of the crash.
“I heard it from the inside of my house,” she said. Her trash can was struck and tossed into Borton’s yard beyond where the car came to rest.
She said vehicles speed on the road all the time.
“I’ve even stood out here with a radar gun and clocked people,” she said.
Borton said police patrol the area and have set speed traps on the neighborhood street. A sign that electronically displays a driver’s speed has also been used on the street, he said.
“You can’t have somebody sitting here all the time,” Borton said.