Wake EMS employee charged with DWI after head-on collision

Jonathan Elliott Fortney, Wake County EMS employee charged with DWI.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Wake County EMS employee is charged with driving while impaired after a head-on crash with a minivan.

Jonathan Elliott Fortney, 26, of Knightdale was hired in March by Wake County EMS and worked in a warehouse.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, the State Highway Patrol responded to a two car collision on Hodge Road at Lynnwood Estates near Knightdale.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2005 Ford Taurus, driven by Jonathan Elliott Fortney, 26 of Knightdale, was traveling east on Hodge Road when he traveled left of center into the path of a 2007 Toyota Sienna van, said Lt. Jeff Gordon of the NC Highway Patrol.

The driver of van was driven by Jessica Hughes, 23 of Knightdale. Hughes and three other occupants, including two small children, were transported to Wake Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Gordon said.

The driver of the Taurus, Jonathan Elliott Fortney, was not injured, Gordon said.

Fortney was arrested for Driving While Impaired (drug impairment) and Driving Left of Center. He transported to the Wake County Detention Center where he was placed under a $5000 secured bond.

Fortney has been placed on administrative leave.

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