A Reidsville man on leave from a Butner mental hospital drove into Graham-Mebane Lake Wednesday after fleeing from Mebane police, authorities say.

William D. Bailey, 22, of 149 Organ Hill Road, was charged with failure to stop after seeing lights and sirens, careless and reckless driving, hit and run, driving on a revoked license and driving while impaired, said Mebane police Sgt. Terrence Caldwell.Early Wednesday morning, Cpl. Billy Poole and officer Ken Oakley responded to a call at a house on Fifth Street. They said they saw several people who appeared to be intoxicated and advised them not to drive.

But Bailey got into a car and drove away in a white Ford Mustang, squealing tires and driving recklessly, Caldwell said.

Oakley tried to pull the car over at Crawford and Charles streets, but Bailey drove into a fence, striking a car and pushing it into a house, Caldwell said.

Bailey then backed up, headed down Charles Street and turned west onto Mebane Rogers Road. The car eventually ran off the road near a bridge past Eastern High School, plunging into Graham-Mebane Lake.

Bailey was arrested and taken into custody.

The car rested in about four feet of water.

The Alamance County Sheriff's Department later returned Bailey to John Umstead Hospital in Butner. No one was hurt, Caldwell said.

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