Impaired Driver Injures Two People In Crash, Police Say

A Benson woman was arrested for several offenses including driving while impaired following a crash near Downtown Selma.  The collision sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

Selma Police said they responded to the collision at 8:58am on January 9th at the intersection of Webb and Waddell Streets.  Police said Umica Shenea Chrisp, 41, of N. Ryals Street, Benson was operating a 2008 Chevy Cobolt that failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection and struck a 2001 Chevy Tahoe towing a trailer in the back right side.  The impact caused the Tahoe to overturn in the roadway.

Two occupants in the Tahoe, the driver,Jonathan Jermaine Shepard, 39, of N. Webb Street, Selma, and a passenger, Luther Brockington, 63, were transported to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield with non-life threatening injuries. Chrisp was not injured.

Police said while on the scene investigating the collision they noticed an odor of alcohol on the breath of Chrisp.  She reportedly denied drinking any alcohol that morning but admitted she had something to drink the night before.  Chrisp registered 0.10 on the Breathalyzer, above the legal limit of 0.08.

According to police, Chrisp had a suspended driver’s license from a previous impaired driving conviction.  Officers estimated she was traveling at 35mph in a 35mph zone when she ran the stop sign striking the Chevy Tahoe.

Chrisp was charged by Officer C.B. Serlick with driving while impaired, expired registration, and a safe movement violation.  She was given a $7,500 bond pending a March 19th appearance in Johnston County District Court.