A Havelock man has been charged with leaving the crash scene of his overturned SUV and his girlfriend faces charges for picking him up.
Stephen Hogan Vail, 39, of Havelock, was charged with failure to maintain lane control, driving while license revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Jennifer Nicole Steward, described by police as Vail’s girlfriend, was issued a summons for failure to report and accident and aiding and abetting.
According to Havelock Police Chief David Magnusson, Vail was driving north on McCotter Boulevard shortly before 11 a.m. when he lost control of his red Ford Explorer. The vehicle flipped over before landing on its wheels near the intersection of Legacy Lane and McCotter Boulevard.
“People saw it and realized they saw the person leave the scene in another car,” Magnusson said.
When police arrived, they ran the tags and VIN number for the vehicle and found it to belong to Vail.
Magnusson said police ended up arresting Vail on Rhonda Court, where his parents live.
Police later learned that it was Steward who had come to pick Vail up at the scene of the crash.
Magnusson said Vail wasn’t impaired. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.
“He should have just stayed on the scene,” Magnusson said. “He shouldn’t have been driving with a revoked license. Now his girlfriend is all mixed up in it.”
According to Magnusson, a witness said that a dog had run out in front of the path of Vail’s vehicle causing him to swerve, lose control and roll over.
Vail was taken into custody about 40 minutes after leaving the scene of the crash. Vail was given a $4,000 secured bond and taken to the Craven County Detention Center.
Magnusson said that Vail is not a stranger to police. Vail currently has a number of other pending charges, including driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, possession of marijuana.
Vail has convictions for felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of marijuana, according to the North Caroline Department of Corrections website.