Mount Airy man charged in King wreck

By Terri Flagg -


King Police Department

KING — A Mount Airy man faces criminal charges after an automobile collision last week in King that police believe was intentional.

On Oct. 27, officers with the King Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol dispatched to the corner of Westview Street and Pulliam Street discovered a 25-year-old Virginia man seriously injured after having been caught between two vehicles.

“The incident reportedly occurred when the driver of one of the vehicles, John Payne, intentionally drove into an occupied vehicle, striking it directly in the passenger side doors, in a domestic related dispute,” King Chief of Police Paula May stated in a written statement released by her office.

The second vehicle involved in the incident was operated by Payne’s ex-wife.

The victim, who was not identified by police, had apparently been pinned beneath the front spinning tire of the defendant’s vehicle when it struck the second vehicle. He was transported from the scene to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

John Alexander Payne, 37, of Farmbrook Road, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and driving while impaired, according to the police statement.

Court documents indicate that Payne was charged with operating a vehicle with no insurance, driving while license revoked for impaired driving, expired or no inspection, expired registration, possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

He remained in the custody of the Stokes County jail Monday afternoon under a total bond of $95,000 secured.

He appeared in court Monday morning and was appointed an attorney and scheduled to appear in court Dec. 6.

Payne is scheduled to appear in Surry County court on Nov. 14 on a misdemeanor probation violation of a February driving while impaired conviction.

Payne, whose criminal record includes felony breaking and entering and larceny convictions, was also convicted of level 5 driving while impaired in 2013.

According to court documents, level 5 reflected a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent. The legal limit to operate a vehicle in North Carolina is 0.08 percent.

A passenger in Payne’s vehicle, Tara Dawn March, 35, of YMCA Camp Road, King, was charged with resisting, obstructing a public officer.

Cody Levi Dalton, 23, of Westview Drive, King, was arrested on outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for charges of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Chief May indicated that investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Payne King Police Department

By Terri Flagg

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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