CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh teen is facing marijuana and traffic charges after crashing into a group of people participating in an overnight BBQ contest in downtown Clayton Saturday morning, Town of Clayton spokesperson Stacy Beard said.
Matthew Cecil Gilbert, 18, was driving down Fayetteville Street just after 2 a.m. when he slammed into barricades blocking the street at Town Square and hit three people who were cooking in the “Squealin’ on the Square” BBQ contest, Beard said.
The contestants cook barbecue through the night for a contest and food sale the next morning. Beard said that the situation could have been much worse if Gilbert had driven into the crowd during peak hours when thousands are on the street.
The three men were taken to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries. Gilbert was charged with simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
Officers said that the teen was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
Authorities have not provided a mug shot of Gilbert or any bond information at this time.
Beard said the five-day Clayton Chamber of Commerce Harvest & Music Festival, which “Squealin’ on the Square” is part of, will continue as normal Saturday.