There’s another sad twist to the bizarre incident involving a 1961 Corvette that crashed into a North Carolina restaurant last week.
The story began Feb. 15 when 36-year-old Travis Lee Vogt of Asheboro, N.C., was pulled over on North Fayetteville Street while driving the classic Corvette.
The officer was suspicious that the driver was impaired, and the driver told he had one beer and added, “There’s nothing wrong with having one beer.”
As the Asheboro Police officer was returning to her patrol car to run his license, Vogt suddenly sped off at a high rate of speed. The officer subsequently found the Corvette crashed into Zeko’s Pizza, but Vogt had fled the scene, leaving behind an estimated $30,000 in damage to the car and another $30,000 to the restaurant.
Investigation by police discovered that the Corvette’s owner, Michael Johnston of Asheboro, had not given Vogt consent to climb behind the wheel of his car, which suffered extensive damage to the front end during the crash into the pizzeria.
Vogt was wanted on several charges, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, when deputies answered a call and found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 20, according to Randolph County Sheriff Robert Graves.
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