A local man is hospitalized in Greenville after a wreck Friday at the Interstate 95 interchange at Gold Rock after the car he was erratically driving in northeastern Nash County struck a tractor-trailer, causing the big rig to flip on one side, authorities said.

Additionally, the man, Ronaldo Vadal Wesson, is wanted on a list of charges, including attempted second-degree murder, Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said Saturday afternoon in a news release.

Wesson also is charged with feloniously fleeing arrest with a motor vehicle because he allegedly failed to halt for a deputy who had been trying to stop him before terminating pursuit prior to the wreck, Medina said.

Wesson had been living along Autry Road southwest of Rocky Mount, Medina said.

Medina said the events preceding the wreck began at approximately 3:42 p.m., when the deputy, who was working a saturated patrol on Benvenue Road, tried to initiate a traffic stop of Wesson at N.C. 43 and Halifax Road in Dortches for several moving violations.

Wesson was slow to stop as he and the deputy approached the nearby entrance from N.C. 43 onto northbound I-95, Medina said.

Wesson entered northbound I-95 and drove away at a high rate of speed, with the deputy continuing to follow and keeping the car in view, Medina said.

Medina said the deputy told Nash County Communications about increasing vehicle traffic and the careless actions of the driver of the car.

Wesson drove all over the roadway, switched lanes and drove on the grass of the shoulder side of the pavement to pass other motorists, Medina said.

For the safety of nearby motorists, the deputy discontinued the chase and told Nash County Communications the driver of the car was exiting I-95 at the interchange at Gold Rock, Medina said.

When the deputy reached the interchange, the car had struck the tractor-trailer, which had flipped at the top of an overpass, Medina said.

Wesson was awake and alert but pinned inside the car before he was eventually extricated and transported by Nash County Emergency Medical Services personnel to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, Medina said.

According to Medina, Wesson, 25, is wanted for an alleged incident that occurred earlier this month.

Medina said that in addition to the charge of attempted second-degree murder, Wesson is wanted for the following other charges:

  • Discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle.
  • Assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
  • Discharging a firearm inside municipal limits.
  • Two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
  • Three counts of injury to personal property.

And Medina said there is an order for the arrest of Wesson for second-degree trespassing.