About an hour later, the deputy says he was sitting at North Wilkes High School and saw a car turn onto Oak Ridge Road. He stopped the car, and the driver told him his son had called for a ride from a home on Roop Ridge Road. The deputy went there and found 16-year old Colton Lane, who had no shoes and admitted to being the passenger in the car. Lane told the deputy the driver was 16-year old Joseph Aldridge, a fact confirmed by the boy's father. Deputies arrested Aldridge later. The boys face numerous charges in the county and from North Wilkesboro Police.
Highway patrolmen in the 10-county area that make up Troop F focused on reducing highway collisions during a 25-day campaign in November. The program that Troop F - which consists of Alleghany, Alexander, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, Watauga and Wilkes counties - used placed more troopers in each its five districts one day a week during the month in an effort to reduce collisions. The program lasted Nov. 5-30 in Troop F.
A trooper from each of the five districts in Troop F made up a traffic crash reduction team (TCRT) for the troop. That team work in districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for one day before moving to another district the next day and so on for the entire week. During November, the number of collisions decreased in Burke, Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany, Catawba and Lincoln counties, areas making up Districts 1, 2 and 5. Along with Caldwell's rise in crashes, Watauga, Iredell and Alexander also saw increased collision numbers in comparison to last year. Watauga is in District 3 with Caldwell, while Iredell and Alexander make up District 4.