Brunswick teen charged in Shallotte fatal wreck arrested Monday

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Devin Keither Harris
Devin Keither Harris

A Brunswick County teen charged in connection with a Shallotte wreck that killed a 13-year-old boy in February was arrested on Monday after he allegedly tampered with an electronic monitoring device while out on bond.

According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax, 18-year-old Devin Keither Harris was arrested on charge of misdemeanor tampering with an electronic monitoring device at his home on Cardiff Notch in Ocean Isle Beach and booked at the Brunswick County Jail just after 2 a.m. Monday.

A deputy received notification that Harris allegedly tampered with his electronic monitoring device late Sunday night, Flax said. He was being electronically monitored while out on bond for several charges, including involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of 13-year-old Caleb Smith, who was killed in a wreck reported on Bridgers Road in Shallotte on Feb. 10.

According to the Shallotte Police Department, the vehicle was traveling toward N.C. 130 on Bridgers Road, where the vehicle reportedly hit the left side of Mulberry Bridge on the passenger side of the vehicle before it left the roadway and submerged in about 7 feet of water in Mulberry Creek. Three teens were pulled from the submerged car by authorities.

Devin Harris and his brother – 16-year-old Justice Harris, a student at West Brunswick High School – were taken to the hospital for treatment following the wreck. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Devin Harris was originally arrested and charged in the case on Feb. 14. He faces several other charges in connection with the wreck, including misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, reckless driving, no operator’s license, speeding and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

According to arrest warrants, Devin Harris is charged with driving without a license and driving 61 mph on Bridgers Road, which has a speed limit of 35 mph. Warrants also state he is charged with the unauthorized use of a 2007 Honda Accord, a vehicle belonging to the parents of the deceased victim.

A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Harris on all charges in connection with the fatal wreck on March 14, according to court records.

Court records show Devin Harris has several pending charges in Brunswick County Superior Court, including three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of breaking or entering a motor vehicle and three counts of misdemeanor larceny. The charges are not related to the fatal wreck. He was indicted on those charges Aug. 17, 2015.

Harris was booked at the Brunswick County Jail under a $2 million secured bond.