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Driver charged: investigation tells different story of 'carjacking'

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man who originally claimed he was carjacked off of Gordon Road Monday morning now faces several charges himself.

Graham Ward's story changed several times, according to the State Highway Patrol. Trooper K.A. Lee said an investigation found no evidence of an attempted carjacking.

"There's no way someone got in that car," he said.

Ward told law enforcement that he was at an intersection when he asked a man standing outside if he was okay. The stranger pulled out a knife, according to Ward's account, scaring him so much that he sped off. His story ends there, according to Trooper Lee.

But the early morning incident continues, according to the SHP. When Ward sped away, he crashed into a parked car at an estimated speed of 45 MPH. He left the scene of the accident and drove around the neighborhood for about two miles, according to Lee. Ward and his vehicle were found stopped in front of a pond at the intersection of Potomac Drive and Herford Court.

Ward suffered some minor scrapes, but no one was seriously hurt according to Lee. The driver is charged with driving while impaired, hit and run and failure to reduce speed.

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