Michael A. Jenkins, Charged with DWI
Asheboro, NC-- Police in Asheboro said some drivers and trick or treaters are lucky to be alive, after their car was hit by a drunk driver.
The collision happened Halloween night on Old Castle Drive near Buckhorn Drive. Police said the cars had their lights on.
While the cars were stopped, officers said a car driven by Michael Aaron Jenkins rear ended one of the cars which pushed it forward causing it to hit the other car.
Witnesses say Jenkins was driving over the 35 mph speed limit but police have not completed their investigation.
Police say he blew a .15 Wednesday night. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.
The Randolph County Magistrate gave Jenkins a $2,000 unsecured bond which means he doesn't have to pay anything as long as he makes all of his court appearances. Jenkins is not in jail.
Four people who remained inside the cars were taken to the hospital. Police said they were treated and released.
One of those was Ponciano Aviles. He was hit as his kids stood on the side of the road watching it all happen.
"Let's say 3 times. I got hit 3 times in my car and then the first thing that came to my mind was my kids, my babies, my young ones. I was very scared about them. I didn't care about myself, the first that came to my mind was my kids," said Aviles.
His 16 and 11-year-old daughters and his 4-year-old son had just gotten out of the car to go trick-or-treating. No one was seriously hurt but Aviles says it's a miracle his kids weren't hit.
"They could have, you know... I don't know. I don't even want to think about it. Because the back glass got busted and you know... I don't even want to think about it," said Aviles.
"We're truly blessed because my dad is ok and we're ok," added his daughter, Jennifer.
Police charged Jenkins with DWI, Driving While License Revoked, Carless and Reckless Driving, and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.
Jenkins is 21-years-old and has two prior DWI charges.