A Dugspur man has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs in an accident Tuesday that led to him being airlifted and caused thousands to lose power in Carroll and Floyd counties.
According to Virginia State Police Trooper R.B. Phipps, the accident occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Route 221 in Dugspur, about a mile north of Route 764. Phipps said James Michael Huff, Jr., 30, of Dugspur, was driving a 1999 Dodge sedan when he ran off the road to the right and struck a utility pole. Phipps said Huff was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.
“It was in the curve and he went on the wrong side of the road, came back off the road, hit the power pole and went in between the power pole and the guidewire. The back end of the car hit the pole and his momentum spun him around,” Phipps said. “The pole was split all the way up.”
Carroll EMS and the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, as well as Appalachian Power Company. According to APCO, 2,467 customers were without power because of the accident. An additional 2,364 people were without power because of a separate power incident, the company said.
Phipps said a landing zone was set up at the Hillsville Fire Department station on Double Cabin Road, where Huff was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Phipps did not know the extent of Huff’s injuries.
“He was concious at the scene,” Huff said. “There were indications that prescription drugs may have played a part in it.”
Phipps charged Huff with DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) and driving on a suspended license. He said more charges are possible pending the investigation.
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