Prior to Thursday's alleged hit-and-run, Yaw had been held in the Pitt County Detention Center 24 times, most recently on Nov. 18 on charges of obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny, records stated.

Since 2003, Yaw has served more than four years and two months in prison on convictions ranging from breaking-and-entering to larceny, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.