A local community leader, Wesley McCoy Myers, age 28 from Sylva, is currently facing criminal charges stemming from an incident late last year. These charges include one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired and another for reckless driving with wanton disregard. The arrest took place on October 30, 2022, following a collision near the Savannah Community.
Myers holds the position of director at the Center for Domestic Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Jackson County.
According to the accident report, Myers was operating a 2023 Jeep traveling eastbound on East Fork Road when it is alleged that he veered off the road while negotiating a curve. The vehicle left the roadway on the right side, descended an embankment, and collided with a well housing belonging to Matthew Newsome. It then proceeded through a ditch, striking a tree before finally coming to rest against the tree down the embankment.
This incident occurred around 10:20 p.m., and authorities suspected impaired driving. Myers was subsequently apprehended at the scene. The crash report indicates that Myers’ blood alcohol level was recorded at .13, which is over one and a half times the legal limit of .08.
Notably, the Center for Domestic Peace does not rely entirely on county funding. In the 2023/24 budget, the non-profit received $50,000 from the county.
Myers is scheduled to appear in court on November 27 for these charges.