Hit And Run Driver Arrested After Car Breaks Down

Law enforcement officers were able to apprehend a driver who slammed head on into a power pole then drove away from the scene after his car broke down a few blocks from the accident scene.

At 11:00am Monday, Selma Police responded to a single car accident in the 500 block of West Noble Street.  Witnesses said a white Buick Park Avenue collided with a pole and left the scene. Police said the front bumper of the car was laying beside the roadway but the heavily damaged vehicle was driven away.

One witness who had followed the hit and run vehicle called police saying the car was leaving a trail of fluid while traveling next to the railroad tracks and later onto Center Street. The vehicle then pulled into the parking lot of an antique store on Anderson Street and the driver began to walk away.

Police said they located the driver, identified as 37 year-old David Earl Pulley of Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Smithfield as walked away from the wrecked car. Pulley reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol and said he didn’t know his name.   Police later found his wallet and driver’s license in the wrecked vehicle.

Pulley declined medical treatment.  He reportedly asked police to overlook his arrest calling it “petty s*it” and to release him.  “I ain’t got time for this, let me out,” Pulley reportedly said while being driven to the police station for a breathalyzer test.

Police said Pulley declined to submit to a breath sample.  While being driven to the Johnston County Jail, he reportedly said, “Don’t f*ck with me. We ain’t gotta do this, just take me to prison, the real place, not the county. Drop the charges. I got s*it to do.”

Pulley was charged with driving while impaired, hit and run, and resisting and delaying. A magistrate placed his bond at $24,000.