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Drunk Driver Smashes into N.C. Highway Patrol Cars

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A drunk driver smashed into four North Carolina Highway Patrol cars parked for traffic duty for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race. The incident occurred around 3:30 in the afternoon and one of the troopers caught it all on an in car video system.

According to police reports, the driver, who was driving a white 2013 Lexus, was exiting Interstate 485 outer loop to U.S. 29 and failed to slow down at the top of the ramp. The driver hit the raised concrete curb at the top of the ramp, spinning out of control, and struck the patrol cars when he crossed northbound U.S. 29. Two of the troopers were injured while trying to escape the collision. They were taken to Carolinas Medical Center and treated for leg injuries.

Troopers reported a nine year-old child was in the front seat of the Lexus, restrained by a seat belt. Because of the strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver, he was given two breathalyzer tests, with the lowest reading measuring .14, almost double the legal blood alcohol limit of .08. He was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving, and child abuse. Two of the patrol cars and the Lexus were towed from the scene.

If you or someone in your family has been a victim of a drunk driver, contact a North Carolina personal injury law firm to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss. Our firm has successfully represented many clients, including a $300,000 award for a young woman who was struck by a drunk driver while walking on the sidewalk.

To learn about what types of damages are available through a personal injury claim, take a moment to read this article which discusses the possibility of obtaining damages to compensate for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. More answers to FAQs on what to do if you’ve suffered a serious injury in an accident are also available.

 

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Randy E. Appleton
Elizabeth City & Outer Banks Personal Injury Lawyer
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