Crime & Courts

Mount Holly man arrested for DUI asks police in York what state he’s in

A North Carolina man faces a DUI charge after he failed a sobriety test and asked police officers at the scene of an accident what state he was in.

York police were called to a wreck near the intersection of South Congress Street and S.C. 321 around 10 p.m. Wednesday. They found James Macheron Goard, 41, of Mount Holly, N.C., lying on the ground next to his vehicle, which had struck a utility pole and knocked down several power lines, according to a police incident report.

Goard told the officers he was thrown from the vehicle and complained of back pain.

Once up and walking, Goard was reportedly unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. When asked by the officer how much he had to drink, he reportedly said he had three beers.

Goard then asked the officer what state he was in. When told where he was, Goard reportedly wondered aloud how he got to South Carolina. The officer “informed (Goard) he was not sure,” the report stated.

The report doesn’t say where Goard was coming from, but the driver said he was trying to get to Mount Holly, which is almost 30 miles away.

Goard reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was transported to the York Police Department.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062