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Fugitive confesses in court to dragging hotel clerk with truck

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- An alleged fugitive is in the New Hanover County Jail after he reportedly dragged a hotel clerk through a parking lot with his truck.

Now the man faces charges in three states, and he does not deny what he's accused of here.

Wilmington Police say they responded to the Holiday Inn off Market Street for reports of a hit and run around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

"I need an ambulance," the caller told a 911 operator. "I was partially struck by a vehicle in the lot in the front of the building."

The caller told the operator he was hurt and bleeding.

"My leg. I got hit on my back and my arms," he said.

The clerk went to the hospital.

Patrick Spaid, 30, went to jail.

Police said Spaid had been drinking when the incident happened. In court the judge said Spaid caused serious injury to a hotel clerk when he reportedly hit and dragged the man with his pick-up truck.

Spaid confessed to what happened this weekend.

"Earlier I said I would apply for a court-appointed attorney, but I'm seriously just thinking about representing myself and pleading guilty, because I did it," Spaid told the judge. "There's no way around it. It happened."

Spaid is charged with serious injury by vehicle, DWI, careless and reckless and hit and run.

This is not Spaid's first run-in with the law. Records show fugitive warrants for Spaid's arrest in Georgia and Texas for evading arrest and DUI among other charges. He requested to be extradited as quickly as possible to take care his other charges.

There's no word on the condition of the victim.

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