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Police: Wrong-way driver was under influence, caused crash

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WAKE FOREST — A man driving the wrong way down Capital Boulevard last week was under the influence when he crashed into another car, injuring two others, police said.

The suspect, 25-year-old Austin Starrs Ross, now faces a felony charge.

According to Bill Crabtree, a spokesman for the Wake Forest Police Department, police were notified of a truck headed south on Capital Boulevard in the northbound lanes shortly after 9:30 p.m. July 21.

Less than a minute later, the truck crashed head-on into another vehicle near the intersection at Durham Road, Crabtree said. Police said Ross was driving the truck.

Ross and two people in the other vehicle were taken to WakeMed Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available, and the people in the other vehicle were not identified. Crabtree said a crash report was unavailable this week.

According to arrest records, Ross was charged Tuesday with aggravated felony serious injury by vehicle, along with driving wrong way on a dual lane highway, reckless driving to endanger, failure to reduce speed and failure to comply with restrictions.

Ross, a student living on Bruce Garner Road in Creedmoor, was issued an initial $50,000 secured bond. The bond listed by the Wake County Detention Center was reduced to $20,000 following Ross’ first court appearance Wednesday.


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