WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Winston-Salem Police a man driving the wrong way on US 52 S almost hit a police officer and then hit another vehicle head on Thursday night.

Police say it they received reports of a 2004 Nissan travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of US 52 near Liberty Street and Akron Drive around 10:30 pm. An officer was travelling southbound on US 52 near Germanton Road when the vehicle almost hit him, then hit another vehicle head on.

The people in that vehicle, 56-year-old David Stafford, 56-year-old Jeri Stafford, and 80-year-old Jean High each sustained injuries and were taken to local hospitals. Police say David Stafford and Jean High's injuries are considered life-threatening.

Police say Roberto Jose Martinez Lemus was driving the Nissan. He was also injured and transported to the hospital. Police charged him with:

  • Driving While Impaired
  • Felony Serious Injury by Vehicle (3 counts)
  • No Operator’s License
  • Careless and Reckless Driving
  • Travelling the Wrong Way on a Highway

Police placed Martinez Lemus into custody at NC Baptist Hospital. He will receive a bond hearing upon his release from medical treatment.

The lanes stay closed for nearly six hours as police investigated. They reopened around 5:30am.