Local authorities are investigating what happened to the driver of a stolen car that was found wrecked and bloody Monday afternoon.
N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. R.B. Baker said someone called authorities after spotting a 2006 Nissan Maxima in the woods along Interstate 95 near exit 145.
“It appears the driver came off the highway and took the off-ramp at a high rate of speed,” Baker said. “The vehicle went over the top of a guardrail and into a ravine. The car flipped in the air and landed about 200 feet from the roadway.”
It is unclear how many people were in the passenger car when it crashed, but blood was found on a deployed airbag.
“There was no indication of blood outside the vehicle,” Baker said. “We searched the whole area — inside the vehicle, in the trunk and even under the car when it was towed. We didn’t want to leave someone if they’d been injured and gotten out of the car.”
Firefighters helped with the search and local hospitals were checked for people with injuries consistent with the wreck, but to no avail. The identity and the condition of the driver are unknown.
“I think the car will be totaled,” Baker said. “It was pretty much tore all to pieces.”
Halifax County sheriff’s Major Scott Hall said a 50-year-old woman reported the car had been left unlocked before being stolen between 10 p.m. Saturday night and 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning from her house on Sunday Drive near N.C. 48 outside of Enfield.
“The car’s engine was cold, so there is no telling how long it had been there,” Baker said. “It obviously didn’t happen immediately before we received the call.”
Halifax County authorities are investigating the theft. Anyone with information is asked to contact Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 583-4444.