Eastern High student charged in local accident

Jaden Rashik Hester, a 17-year-old enrolled junior at Eastern Alamance High School, was arrested Wednesday, March 27 and charged with one count of Driving While Impaired (DWI) and another charge of failure to reduce in speed in relation to a rear-end collision that sent Hester and another man - 52-year-old Emanuel Cohn of Burlington - to Alamance Regional Medical Center with assorted minor injuries. Both men are expected to fully recover. Hester was kicked off the Eastern Alamance High varsity boy's basketball team in January following an incident in which Hester was pulled over and charged with multiple gun offenses. 

An Eastern Alamance High student was arrested and charged with driving while impaired the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27, following a collision in Burlington. 

Jaden Rashik Hester, a 17-year-old resident of 3477 Blue Moon Trail in Mebane and an enrolled junior at Eastern High School, was driving a 2002 Honda Accord Wednesday afternoon when he ran into the back of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 52-year-old Emanuel Cohn of Burlington at the intersection of North Church and Ireland Streets, according to a Burlington Police report. 

The accident required both Cohn and Hester to be taken from the scene to Alamance Regional Medical Center, where both were expected to fully recover from minor injuries. 

After determining that Hester was impaired on marijuana at the time of the rear-end collision, the Burlington Police Department charged Hester with Driving While Impaired (DWI) and failure to reduce speed. 

Hester was already facing legal trouble in relation to a January incident in which he and another man were pulled over and arrested following an Eastern Alamance High basketball game. 

Hester was one of the standout players on EAHS’s varsity basketball squad prior to the incident, in which Hester was charged with a total of five offenses, including possession of a firearm on school grounds, misdemeanor carrying concealed gun by a minor, misdemeanor possession of a handgun by a minor, reckless driving to endanger, and speeding in a work zone over 80 miles per hour, and more than 15 miles per hour above the speed limit in the work zone. Hester’s passenger was charged with marijuana possession. Hester was subsequently kicked off the EAHS varsity boy’s basketball squad.  

Hester has a court date scheduled for April 30 in Alamance County Criminal Court for the possession of a firearm on school grounds, misdemeanor carrying concealed gun by a minor, and misdemeanor possession of a handgun by a minor charges. He will also face the reckless driving to endanger and speeding in a work zone charges on April 30. 

Hester also has a December 2 court date scheduled in Alamance County Criminal Court, where is facing two charges of simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, a schedule VI controlled substance.