Accused DWI driver: "They were in my lane" - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC

Accused DWI driver: "They were in my lane"

Posted: Updated:

MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - Police say the driver of a sedan was driving impaired when he led officers on a chase that ended in a crash that sent five people to the hospital.

Public Safety officers in Morganton say Joshua Allen Adams told them he was on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when the chase ended on Highway 18 near Interstate 40 Thursday evening.

Officers say Adams drove through a checkpoint, ran a stop light and clipped a car. He then crashed into a squad car and a 3rd vehicle carrying two adults and their 2-year-old granddaughter.

"It's devastating, you just don't know if you are going to survive it, it seemed like it went on forever," said Fincher Bolton, a passenger in the car hit by Adams.

Everyone is expected to be okay.

Police say the chase spanned about three miles, reaching speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

They say Adam's refused to stop and was a danger to other drivers.

"We felt the risks created by this driver were quite significant and we needed to get him stopped," said Chief Mark Tolbert of the Morganton Department of Public Safety.

Adams' family says he has mental problems, and had just been released from the hospital last week.

Outside the magistrate's office, Adams told WBTV he apologized to the people he had hit but said, "They got off the interstate and they were in my lane."

Copyright 2012 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow