Wednesday, 10 October 2007 20:33
A Gastonia man faces a new charge this week resulting from
an August 25 incident in Avery County.
Sheriff Kevin Frye says 43-year-old
Douglas Wade Fleming was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the Avery County
Sheriff’s Office and served a warrant for felony driving while impaired. The
initial charge was upgraded to a felony due to the serious injury of passenger
Tracie Tonya Hanna.
After Fleming twice told officers on scene he had been alone
when his vehicle skidded against a guardrail, Hanna’s cries were heard twenty
feet away down an embankment. Fleming then said Hanna was his girlfriend,
according to reports. It’s an incident Frye calls “suspicious.” In a written
statement released yesterday, he said that the accident itself was minor, and
skidding against a guardrail should not have resulted in Hanna’s serious
Hanna was flown to Johnson City Medical Center.
The SBI has been actively investigating the case in
cooperation with Frye’s office. The incident occurred near Richard Childress
Fleming owns and operates the Mr. Nobody tire service
centers in Gastonia. He posted his $10,000 bond and is no longer in Avery