Driver gets probation after alcohol-related crash into house

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man got probation after admitting to crashing his car into a house one year ago.

Adam Battersea-Molto, 26, pleaded guilty yesterday to felony serious injury by vehicle. Judge Ken Crow sentenced him to 36 months of supervised probation with a suspended sentence of 13-25 months.

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Investigators say on March 22, 2014, Battersea-Molto was driving under the influence of alcohol on Masonboro Loop Road when he lost control in a sharp left turn and ran off of the road to the right toward Pine Grove Road. He hit a stop sign and ditch, which caused the vehicle to go airborne, and then land 18 feet away. They say as the car continued to slide 88 feet across the grass, it went airborne again after hitting another ditch. The vehicle then landed 24 feet away and hit a privacy fence and house on Yarmouth Way. The crash resulted in a serious injury to Battersea-Molto’s passenger.

“Drunk driving is a serious offense that can affect everyone in the community and it will not be tolerated,” Assistant District Attorney Doug Carriker said in a news release.

Battersea-Molto was originally charged with DWI and reckless driving.