Kitty Hawk man charged with hit and run

By on May 23, 2020

(Kill Devil Hills Police)

On May 22, 2020 at approximately 6:33 p.m. Kill Devil Hills officers were dispatched to a reckless driver call on Bay Drive near 4th Street. The driver, later identified as Ralph Clayton Barlow, 40, of Kitty Hawk, NC, was operating a 2002 white Chevrolet Silverado and ran off the road near Bay Drive and 4th Street. His vehicle nearly struck pedestrians using the multipurpose path in the neighborhood before crashing into a tree.

Mr. Barlow drove away from the scene of the collision and was intercepted within three-quarters of a mile, at US 158 and 4th Street. After initially stopping for the officer, Mr. Barlow fled from the officer, travelling south on US 158. He ran off the road again near the Dare Center (less than a mile from the initial stop). The vehicle went airborne before hitting the wooden bulkhead of a retention pond. Mr. Barlow was found unresponsive and transported to Outer Banks Hospital for his injuries.

There was no active police pursuit in this incident. After leaving the initial stop, officers were still converging on Mr. Barlow at the time he crashed a short distance later. A blood test was taken at the hospital and a determination of Mr. Barlow’s impairment level will be made after testing. Due to his medical situation, Mr. Barlow was not arrested at the hospital. He was charged with Driving While Impaired, Resisting a Public Officer and Hit and Run.


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  • NRPO

    WOW! Sounds like this guy was a local. Something needs to be done about all the drug and alcohol use on the OBX. I guess everyone is more worried about the NRPO Instead of real issues. He could have killed more people than Covid19. He’s taking up one of the few beds at a hospital. Hopefully he wasn’t taken to one in Virginia!

    Saturday, May 23 @ 8:58 pm
  • voidless1

    Sounds like angry NRPO should stake a FOR SALE sighn to relieve them of their unnessary anx.

    Sunday, May 24 @ 8:41 pm
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