Driver who crashed into home faces more charges

A driver clipped one home before tearing through a second one and hitting a gas line, prompting evacuations.
November 6, 2013 9:00:00 PM PST
There are new charges against a 22-year-old man accused of driving drunk when he slammed into two homes in Apex early Wednesday morning.

Police say William Mayhew clipped the corner of one house and hit a transformer before slamming into a second home with his Ford F-350 near White Dogwood Road.

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The impact was so violent that the pick-up truck went all the way through and nearly out the other side of the home before stopping.

That accounted for most of the 12 charges he faced, but the most serious was added after police say one of the passengers in Mayhew's truck suffered a serious head injury.

"You are charged with felony serious injury by vehicle, damage to real property, damage, another count of damage to real property, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving to endanger, another count of damage to real property, hit and run, leaving the scene of accident, reckless driving to endanger, another count of damage to real property, and driving while subject to an impairing substance," said Wake District Court Judge Monica Bousman in court Thursday.

According to court records, Mayhew blew a .10 on his blood alcohol test. The legal limit is .08.

Mayhew asked for a court appointed attorney. The judge said Mayhew made too much money to qualify for a court appointed attorney, but if Mayhew couldn't make his $26,500 bond and lost his job, he might get a free attorney after all.

Mayhew asked for a pre-trial release but the assistant district attorney said he wasn't eligible because of a prior record which included failure to appear in court.

The homeowner was inside at the time of the crash on the second floor, and was not injured.

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