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Allegedly Drunk North Carolina Man Crashes into DWI Checkpoint


Posted on Jan 04, 2012

DWI checkpoints are supposed to stop drunk driving – but not quite like this. The Huffington Post and the Hickory Daily Record reported this week that charges are pending against a North Carolina man who drove into a DWI checkpoint in Catawba County on December 4.

The Newton Police Department told reporters that their officers were wrapping up at a DWI checkpoint at just before three in the morning on Sunday when a 21-year-old man driving a red Camaro slammed into the officer’s mobile breath alcohol testing lab (known as the BAT-mobile). The vehicle was traveling between 35 and 40 miles per hour at the time of the crash, which took place at the intersection of US 321 Business and West Ninth Street.

The man, who was drifting in and out of consciousness, and who is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol, was transported to the Catawba Valley Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. He has been identified as Douglas Southard of Hickory. Although there were eight people in the BAT mobile at the time of the crash, including officials, officers, and two suspected drunk drivers, no one else was injured in the accident.

The suspected North Carolina drunk driving accident is still under investigation, but a DWI charge will likely follow.

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