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Driver accused of running over injured motorcyclist has 2 DWI convictions

Police arrested a Charlotte man they said left the scene after driving over an injured motorcyclist on Brookshire Boulevard near Interstate 77 Thursday night.
Police arrested a Charlotte man they said left the scene after driving over an injured motorcyclist on Brookshire Boulevard near Interstate 77 Thursday night. WBTV

A man twice convicted of driving while impaired was arrested late Thursday after police said he ran over an injured motorcyclist on Brookshire Boulevard and drove away.

The motorcyclist, James Terry Williams, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police charged Anthony Quinn Houser, 47, of Charlotte, with felony death by vehicle, felony hit and run and driving while impaired.

Police credit two occupants of a car behind Houser’s pickup truck with calling 911, keeping the truck in sight and relaying where it was traveling to 911 operators. Gastonia police stopped the pickup on Interstate 85 South near the N.C. 7/East Gastonia exit .

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived, gave Houser a sobriety test and charged him with DWI. He was then taken to CMPD headquarters for an interview and also charged with the other offenses.

Police said Williams was northbound when he lost control of his motorcycle about 9:30 p.m. The motorcycle landed on its right side. Williams slid on the pavement and ended up prone in the left travel lane, police said.

After running over Williams, Houser continued north on Brookshire Boulevard before heading onto I-85 South, police said.

Houser was found guilty of driving while impaired in 1996 and 1999, court records show. He was found guilty of larceny in 2008, of marijuana possession in 1992 and speeding in 1996, records show.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Andrew Oberer at 704-432-2169.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067 @jmarusak

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