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Alcohol used suspected in early morning Gaston crash

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The vehicle following extrication of the driver. The vehicle following extrication of the driver. Gaston Fire & Rescue

Alcohol use is suspected and powdered cocaine was found in a vehicle involved in a crash on Highway 46 in Gaston early this morning.

Trooper S.R. Corn of the state Highway Patrol said Javonte Alvone’ High, 24, of Garysburg, was driving a 1999 Honda Accord east on Highway 46 when he apparently crossed the centerline and overcorrected. The vehicle ran off the road to the right and collided with a tree.

The crash occurred shortly after 1:30 this morning.

High and his passenger, Trayvon Webb, 17, also of Garysburg, were both airlifted to Vidant in Greenville for treatment of injuries. Corn said the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The trooper said alcohol use is suspected pending blood test results and is also as of this report considered to be the contributing factor to the crash.

Charges are pending against High and will most likely be related to alcohol use and possession of cocaine after about 3 ½ grams was found in the vehicle.

Gaston Fire & Rescue Chief Ed Porter Jr. said in a statement units were dispatched to the scene and found the vehicle off the roadway and wrapped around a tree.

High was pinned in the vehicle and Webb was found lying next to it.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to open the door and get the driver out.

Vidant EastCare sent two helicopters to the scene.

Firefighters remained on scene for nearly two hours.

As of this report the victims were listed in critical condition, Porter said in the statement.

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