RALEIGH — State and local law enforcement spent their holidays keeping impaired drivers off the roads during N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign, which ran from Dec. 11 to Jan. 3. The campaign resulted in 3,074 DWI charges in which 252 were drug-related charges and 2,822 were alcohol-related.
Nearly 350 law enforcement agencies, including Elkin Police Department, participated in the campaign issuing 105,020 traffic and criminal citations in addition to the 2,822 DWI charges at 10,914 checking stations and saturation patrols across the state.
Of those numbers Elkin’s included two DWI charges, six drug violations, three criminal arrests, one speeding, six traffic violations that were not DWI related, one driving while license revoked and four wanted persons apprehended.
In addition to the recent statewide campaign numbers, the Elkin Police Department reported a number of incidents and arrests.
• Martin Arthur Wilmoth Sr., 44, of Bowen Drive, Archdale, was charged on Dec. 30 with two counts of misdemeanor failure to appear on misdemeanor charges. According to the report, one warrant was for failure to appear in Guilford County for driving while license revoked and fictitious tag, and a second warrant for failure to appear in Randolph County for speeding in a school zone and diving while license was revoked. In Surry County, he was given a secured bond of $500 and a court date in Randolph County of Jan. 11.
• Daniel Joseph Vdakakes, 53, of Hudspeth Road, Yadkinville, was cited on Dec. 31 on CC Camp Road with failing to see before knowing a movement could be made in safety. He was given a court date of Feb. 8.
• Two people were charged Dec. 31 following an incident in the Hibbit Sports location on CC Camp Road. According to the report, the two suspects were reported by the store for allegedly acting suspicious because police officers were outside near their vehicle. The police left and returned and noticed the man, who had gone outside, trying to unlock his vehicle with a coat hanger. During the incident, officers were able to charge James Nicholas Rhodes, 37, of Spicer, Elkin, with misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. He was given a $1,000 secured bond and a court date of Feb. 15. Also charged was Kandace Wingate Wagoner, 37, of Deer Ridge Road, Hillsville, Virginia, with felony possession of methamphetamine. She also received a $1,000 secured bond and a court date of Feb. 15.
• Bolen Bryant, 47, of Pegram Street, Elkin, was charged on Jan. 1 with misdemeanor contempt of court perjury court violations. He was given a $300 cash bond and a court date of Jan. 21.
• Dylan Cunningham Jones, 24, of Church Street, Elkin, was charged on Jan. 2 with felony parole and probation violations. He surrendered himself at the Elkin Police Department. He was given a $10,000 unsecured bond and released with a court date of Jan. 25.
• Brian Anthony Newman, 30, of Elderwood Lane, Charlotte, was cited on Jan. 2 with larceny following an incident at Walmart in which he allegedly concealed a quart of oil in his shirt sleeve. He was given no bond and a court date of Feb. 26.
• A larceny was reported on Dec. 30 by a resident of Grissle Trail Road, Traphill. She reported on Dec. 14 she’d been in a vehicle accident on CC Camp Road in front of McDonald’s. She was transported to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and her car was taken by a tow company. Between the time of the wreck and Dec. 30, she said she could not locate two prescriptions for her medication which were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.