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April 18, 2024

Motorist hits multiple utility poles, threatens to harm self

VIEW FROM FIRST BAPTIST DURING INCIDENT — This photo shows the scene looking west from First Baptist Church on West Main Avenue (NC 16/90) in Taylorsville on Wednesday, Jan. 24, after a motorist with a firearm collided with several utility poles and threatened harm to himself.  (Photo by Steve Garland.)


An incident occurred last Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2024, which prompted local schools to use heightened security measures and blocked traffic in a portion of Taylorsville.

According to Taylorsville Police Chief Michael Millsaps, the incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 when a vehicle crashed into four utility poles on West Main Avenue. The vehicle came to a stop near Reformation Lutheran Church.

The driver of the vehicle threated to do harm to himself. One shot was fired. Millsaps said that the shot was not fired by law enforcement but he did not indicate who fired the shot.

Authorities barricaded that area of Main Avenue from the intersection with Liledoun Road east to the intersection at 3rd Street SW (NC 16 South) due to the situation.

Chief Millsaps said the driver was taken from the scene to a local hospital by ambulance.

He said no other vehicles were involved. Millsaps said an incident report has not yet been filed as the case is still an active investigation and many witnesses are being interviewed. The driver’s name has not been released.

Charges are pending, Chief Millsaps stated.

1 Comment

  1. Kristain Nelson on January 31, 2024 at 12:22 pm

    I feel like this town is a pick and choose problem! Now say I did this well my name would be plastered all over the place. But since a well known fine upstanding citizen that’s got plenty of followers and money, well to me I think His name should be revealed. I know we all have mental break downs but we still have to pay for all we do. Yes his Family is in my Prayers but I feel like this town is shoddy and a little bioist. Sorry concerned citizen, children could’ve been hurt moreless someone killed.

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