Earl and Shirley Dillard were awakened to the sound of a loud crash and a motor revving early Saturday morning. At around 2:30 a.m., a truck owned by Mickey Bingham, 28, was driven through the Dillards’ yard and into the their two car garage that sits apart from their home.
“We woke up when we heard him trying to get himself loose,” said Earl. “You can see the tire marks at the top of the yard and they go all the way across our front yard and into the garage. Then when he backed out he hit that bush before finally getting the truck back on the road.”
Bingham was arrested by N.C. Highway Patrolman Brody Crawford at 2:50 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence. According to police reports, he had a .16 blood alcohol content, well over the legal limit of .08. The Dillards believe that he got all the way to (the road behind the movie theater) where the Sheriff's Department caught up with him as his truck sat beside the road in a grassy area. Since there was an accident and property damage, the State Patrol was dispatched.
Now the couple must wait for insurance adjusters to come assess the damage before they can even move debris from the yard or anything in the garage. Shirley's new Buick was not spared from the accident. The rear end was heavily dented by the impact of Bingham's truck.
“The officer said not to move anything until the insurance adjusters could get here and with Monday being a holiday, I guess that maybe Tuesday we can start trying to get things fixed,” said Earl, but as of 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, the adjusters had yet to show up.
While looking at her new car, metal crumpled in an ugly mess behind the steel of the garage, Shirley was visibly upset.
“I guess it's important to remember what we've got. Things could have been worse, he could have hit our house or somebody could have been hurt or killed. Everything will be okay,” she said.