ROCKINGHAM — A habitual drunken driver is due in court Friday after police arrested him on traffic charges two days in a row.
Travis Shertale Nelson, 29, of 242 Sparrow Lane in Bennetsville, South Carolina, was pulled over in Rockingham on July 7 and charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger and failing to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle or mo-ped.
A magistrate ordered him jailed on a $3,500 secured bond and required him to sober up before he could be released to a licensed adult driver, according to Nelson’s release order. Court records show that Nelson was back on the road the next day.
Police spotted Nelson driving recklessly in the area of U.S. 74 and Rockingham Road on July 8, according to a magistrate’s order. Officers were responding to a holdup alarm in the area and stopped Nelson’s car to investigate.
Nelson jumped out of the car and ran from Officer S. Dunn, charging documents state. He was arrested on charges of felony fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Nelson does not face any charges in connection with the holdup alarm.
A magistrate jailed Nelson under a $10,000 secured bond in the July 8 arrest, noting on his release order that he has a pending driving while impaired charge in Richmond County for which he has previously failed to appear in court.
Nelson has 10 criminal convictions in North Carolina dating back to 2004 — all in Richmond County. He was released from prison in October 2011 after serving a 9-month sentence on DWI Level 1 and possession of stolen goods convictions.
Nelson is scheduled to appear in Richmond County District Court on Friday morning.
— Corey Friedman