Hit-and-run suspect also accused of choking dog

Charged with DWI, cruelty to animals
Aug. 05, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

A man accused of driving into the side of the Pizza Hut in Lenoir and leaving without giving managers his name was found passed out on the steps of his house in a pizza-stained T-shirt, holding a slice of pizza in his hand, reports said.

The wreck at Pizza Hut on Wilkesboro Boulevard happened just before 7 p.m. Although the car's driver would not give restaurant managers his name, police identified him as James Dominic Dorion, 48, of Auton Road in eastern Caldwell County, police Capt. Larry Clark said. Deputy J. Martin of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office went to the Auton Road residence and found Dorion asleep on the steps, according to a report filed with the clerk of court's office.

When Martin roused him, Dorion became angry and swore at Martin, the report said. Dorion then grabbed a nearby beagle by the leash and collar, choked it and threw it against a dirt bank, the report said.

Dorion was charged with driving while impaired, hit and run leaving the scene of property damage, and cruelty to animals. His bond was set at $3,500 secured.