Wednesday, July 17

Driver Hits Building, One Of 11 DUI Arrests Over Weekend

ASHEBORO NC (ACME NEWS) – A driver was arrested under suspicion of DUI after he crashed his truck through a small building in Asheboro over the weekend. 

The crash took place just before Noon on Monday September 6th, 2021. According to witnesses the driver left the roadway and struck a street sign before plowing through a small building on display at Modular Home Outlet located at 175 NC Hwy 49 in Asheboro.

Police identified the driver as Jose Franciso Gomez from Boone NC.

Gomez was evaluated by Randolph County EMS on scene and released to Asheboro Police officers to perform a field sobriety test. According to an arrest report from the Asheboro Police Department Gomez blew a .09%, above the legal limit of .08%. Gomez was transported to the Randolph County Jail where he was charged with DUI and Failure to maintain lane.

As motorists hit the road over the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers were on high alert for impaired drivers as part of the statewide “Booze It & Lose It” Labor Day campaign. The campaign is a part of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Law enforcement agencies, including local police, sheriff’s offices and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol all participate. 

In 2020, participating agencies cited nearly 1,400 DWI offenders in North Carolina. Drivers caught driving while impaired face the possibility of jail time, lost driving privileges and hefty fines.

This year in Randolph County, 11 DUI arrests have been reported since Saturday September 4th. Four of those arrests were in Asheboro, one in Randleman, and the remaining six were reported by the NC Highway Patrol.

The “Booze It & Lose It” Labor Day campaign runs through Sept. 12th.