SELMA – Selma Police arrested a drunk driving suspect who was reportedly traveling in the wrong direction on Highway 70. At 1:14am Sunday, May 9th, officers were dispatched to a report of a white Toyota pickup traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the four lane divided highway.
Police located the vehicle and witnessed several cars swerve to avoid a head on collision. Officers activated their blue lights and sirens. Just past Wilson’s Mills Road, the truck stopped in the eastbound lane, turned around and began traveling east. The truck then made an abrupt turn onto Wilson’s Mills Road and accelerated quickly.
Police said the driver’s speed varied between 20 and 70mph. Eventually, the truck stopped on Wilson’s Mills Road near Lee-Youngblood Road.
The driver, Jose Angel Morales Palacios, 30, of Railroad Street, Knightdale was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, driving on a revoked license and driving the wrong way on a dual lane highway. He registered 0.14 on the Breathalyzer, above the legal limit of 0.08.
At the time of the incident, Palicious was awaiting trial on a June 2020 DWI charge in Wake County. He was held on a $50,000 bond at the Johnston County Jail.