Truck Driver Charged With DWI, Hit And Run

A truck driver is facing charges after causing two accidents minutes apart.

Around 12:20am Thursday, Selma Police responded to the parking lot of the Econo Lodge on Outlet Center Drive. An employee said a large box truck had driven through the parking lot and underneath the canopy. The truck was too tall for the canopy drive thru and ripping apart the canopy and a section of the box truck while traveling an estimated 40mph. The vehicle never stopped at the scene.

While looking for the truck, police received a 911 call of a truck with a similar description driving the wrong way in traffic on US 70.

Officers canvassing the area located the truck several minutes later on Graham Street next to I-95 where it had struck a fence and post. The driver was attempting to remove the vehicle from the fence when police arrived.

Douglass Alexander Bermudez, 21, of Greensboro allegedly admitting to consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to driving.  Police seized nearly 5 grams of marijuana from the cab of the 2018 International truck. Bermudez was taken to the Selma Police Station where he reportedly registered 0.15 on the breathalyzer, about the legal limit of 0.08.

Bermudez was charged with driving while impaired, hit and run, injury to property, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  He was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $15,000 bond.

Damage to the Econo Lodge building was estimated at $4,000, $500 to the NC DOT fence, and $2,500 to the truck.