Man, 19, charged with DWI in Tuesday wreck
Thomasville police have arrested a Thomasville man they say caused a head-on collision that sent four people, including an 11-month-old baby, to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Zachary Lane Poole, 19, of 304 Powers Road, was charged with driving while impaired, no driver’s license, failure to yield right of way and failure to wear a seat belt.
“After our investigation by the Traffic Safety Unit, we obtained enough probable cause to go ahead and charge Poole with driving while impaired,” said Detective Sgt. Brad Saintsing. “We do suspect that narcotics are involved, and a blood sample has been sent to the state SBI lab for analysis.”
Poole previously was charged with driving without a license on April 16 and May 5. He has pending court dates for those charges on June 26 and July 31.
Thomasville police, along with emergency personnel, responded to the area of Fisher Ferry Road and Cedar Lodge Road around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a traffic crash. The traffic safety unit found that a 2001 Dodge Durango driven by Poole was traveling north on Denton Road and failed to yield the right of way when attempting to turn left onto Fisher Ferry Road.
Poole struck a 2008 Toyota Highlander, driven by Monica Persiani, 29, of Thomasville, head on as it was traveling south on Denton Road. Persiani was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after having to be extricated from the vehicle by Thomasville Fire and Thomasville Rescue. She is still listed in serious condition.
Her 11-month-old daughter was transported by ambulance to the same hospital in fair condition. According to police, the child had been secured in the car seat and was taken to the hospital for evaluation as a precaution.
Poole was transported by ambulance to Baptist along with his passenger, Amber Smith Kincaid, 28, of Thomasville.
They are both in fair condition at the hospital.
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, Saintsing asks that all motorists be careful on the road.
“It’s important that driver’s stay alert this weekend,” Saintsing said. “You should always be vigilant when you’re driving because you never know when something like this will happen. The bottom line is to not consume any type of impairing substance and drive.”
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