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Highway Patrol: Daytime DWIs less likely, despite recent crashes

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Highway Patrol Troopers say daytime DWIs are still less likely than nighttime DWIs, despite two recent crashes that occurred in a 24-hour-period.

Tuesday around 3 p.m., 7-year-old Alyiah McKenzie Morgan, was hit and killed by a log truck driver in Sampson County. Johnny Spell, the truck driver, now faces several charges, including DWI.

Wednesday around 4 p.m., Jatha Sheppard, was riding his motorcycle in Surf City when he was hit by a van, driven by 84-year-old Robert Knight.

Knight's van dragged Sheppard 104 feet before crashing into another car and pinning Sheppard between both vehicles. Knight also faces DWI charges.

Officers say most DWIs happen at night and on weekends, when people don't have to work.

However, just because they are rare, officers say they still happen.

According to the Pender County Sheriff's Office, in Surf City in 2012, police made 12 DWI arrests from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 49 DWI arrests from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In Pender County in 2012, deputies made 10 DWI arrests from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 27 DWI arrests from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

"We see them all the time -- we'll arrest them at day shift, we'll arrest them at 12 o'clock during the day, we'll arrest them first thing in the morning," said Trooper J. E. Gurganus. "Some of them are hung over, some of them are just taking prescription medication, but we arrest them all times of the day."

Troopers say if you see someone who is driving impaired, you should call Highway Patrol and let them know.

Signs that someone is driving impaired include, speeding up then slowing down, ignoring traffic signs, or just looking "out of it."

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