Driver identified, charged with DWI


First Posted: 4/2/2009

The driver of a vehicle involved in a single-car wreck, who allegedly fled the scene after striking a tree in front of a home on McBride Road Wednesday afternoon, has been identified and charged by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
According to Trooper Brian Baker, John Timothy Deprisco Sr., 48, was charged with driving while impaired, leaving the scene of an accident, careless and reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.
He was located at his residence at 643 Allred Mill Road in Mount Airy shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday by a Surry County Sheriffs deputy who notified the N.C. Highway Patrol.
I ended up catching him at about 9:30 p.m., Baker said. It was 10 minutes after he got there.
The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Baker said Deprisco, who was driving a white van, was traveling too fast along McBride Road when he ran of the right side of the road, lost control of his van and struck a tree in the front yard of a home.
According to witnesses, Deprisco left the scene to go to his wifes house.
State troopers and Surry County Sheriffs deputies searched for the driver in the surrounding area following the accident.
His passenger, Misty G. Thomas, 28, of Mount Airy, was pinned in by her foot, according to radio transmissions to the Surry County Communications Center.
She was transported Northern Hospital of Surry County, and released Wednesday evening.
Baker said she did not suffer life-threatening injuries and Deprisco had minor bumps and bruises.
Baker said the possibility Deprisco fled the scene was probably related to his knowledge that he was driving while impaired with a revoked license.
Its probably a good chance theyre not going to hang around, he said.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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