COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland man with an extensive history of drunk driving offenses is charged with murder after a car crash on US 74/76 Friday in Columbus County. Today a judge set Pierre Walker’s bond at $1 million.
Investigators say Walker, 26, is charged with second degree murder and habitual driving while intoxicated for his role in the death of 61-year-old Martha Mintz.
Troopers say Walker did not have a license due to three previous DWIs when he crossed over the median hitting Mintz’s Chevrolet HHR nearly head-on near Delco Friday afternoon.
Prosecutors say Walker’s first DWI was in October 2012 in Brunswick County. They say he was arrested after nearly hitting an officer at a DWI checkpoint and then fleeing.
Earlier this month Walker was convicted of a second DWI in New Hanover County, according to Jon David, District Attorney for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. A week later, David, said, Walker was convicted of a third DWI also in New Hanover County. David said the judge suspended the 60-day sentence because Walker had a probation hearing scheduled for today in Columbus County. David said Walker is on probation in Brunswick and New Hanover counties as well.
David said in the week between Walker’s second and third convictions, police cited Walker three times for traffic violations in New Hanover County.
Investigators suspect Walker was under the influence of drugs at the time of Friday’s accident.