Drunk Driver Suffers Severed Foot In Crash

Selma Fire, Selma Police and Johnston County EMS worked together to free Daniel Ramirez of Selma from the mangled wreckage of his GMC SUV early Saturday at Graham and Crocker Streets in the Selma city limits. Photos by John Payne

A drunk driving suspect who traveled only a few hundred yards before crashing his SUV suffered a severed foot in the weekend accident.

Selma Police said the accident occurred at 2:06am Saturday on Graham Street at Crocker Street near an adult entertainment club.  The driver, Daniel Roman Ramirez, 22, of Selma reportedly told police he was at the club drinking and got into an argument with his girlfriend.  He left the club and while traveling at a high rate of speed in his 2008 GMC struck a concrete barrier at a Town of Selma water pump station.

As a result of the impact, Ramirez sustained a partially amputated foot and a broken arm. He was trapped inside the wreckage and had to be cut free by Selma firefighters.

Ramirez was transported to Wake Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.  He was charged by police with driving while impaired, reckless driving and exceeding a safe speed. Police estimated Ramirez was traveling 60mph in a 35mph zone at the time of the crash.   The GMC, which had 30 days tags, was valued at $10,000. It was destroyed in the collision that was so severe it cracked the concrete barrier.

Damage to the barrier, owned by the Town of Selma, was estimated at $4,000.