ASHEBORO — A man wanted on an outstanding warrant for statutory rape, who was hospitalized April 23 following a crash on Interstate 73/74 south of Asheboro, has been released from the hospital and is now in custody.


According to Capt. Bernie Maness, Michael Edward Everhart, of Hope Mills, was released from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill on June 5. He was brought back to the Randolph County Jail to be charged and was then immediately sent to a Raleigh facility for safekeeping.


Everhart was charged with one count of statutory rape, two counts of statutory sex offense and one count of felonious restraint (for picking up a minor without parental consent.)


Maness said he could not release Everhart’s condition, but noted that he was in a wheelchair.


Everhart was aware that he was a suspect in sex offenses involving a 14-year-old Randolph County girl at an Asheboro hotel when he crashed his vehicle in April. He had failed to show up for a meeting that morning to discuss the case.


When that meeting was arranged, however, the sheriff’s office had not yet drawn warrants against Everhart — and Maness told him so. That changed when Everhart missed the appointment. Assuming that Everhart did not plan to come in voluntarily, Maness drew warrants against the Cumberland County man.


When they talked again the afternoon of the crash, Everhart told Maness that he was in Randolph County. Maness told him that he now faced warrants for arrest.


“He made a statement at that point that worried me a little bit,” Maness said at the time, “and hung up on me — very shortly before traffic backed up in that area.”


Soon after, at 3:20 p.m. that Friday, the accident occurred on the interstate. Rescue workers extricated Everhart from a black 2018 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck that had crashed in the northbound lanes of I-73/74 near the new Southmont bridge overpass south of Asheboro. The wreck occurred about a mile south of the McDowell Road exit to the sheriff’s office.


According to Trooper J.D. Allred of the N.C. Highway Patrol, the pickup ran off the road and struck concrete jersey barriers. Everhart was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and was in critical condition at the time.