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Driver racks up third DWI charge in Wake County wreck

Posted June 5, 2011

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— The state Highway Patrol arrested a man Saturday night after troopers said he crossed the center line and sent an SUV flying through a wooded area and coming to rest in a field near Wake Forest.

Benito Chavez-Campos, 32, who was driving a Jeep, was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and driving left of center. He was being held in the Wake County jail Sunday.

Police said Campos' license was revoked because he has two pending DWI charges in Wilson. If he is convicted, his DWI charge in this case could be upgraded to a felony.

Police said Campos crossed the center line while he was driving south on N.C. Highway 96 in Wake County, half a mile from N.C. Highway 98 around 9:45 p.m. The driver of a black Lincoln Navigator, Juan Manuel Montalvo Marcuez, swerved left to avoid being hit by the Jeep, struck a ditch, went straight through a tree line and landed in a field.

When officers arrived on scene, the Navigator was empty. Marcuez was found a short time later crawling toward N.C. Highway 96. Police said he could not remember if there were any other passengers in his vehicle.

Marcuez was taken to WakeMed, but his condition was not released.

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  • Thought Criminal WS Jun 6, 2011

    yankee1, I guess I'm not the only person to note it odd he couldn't recall if he was alone. I know trauma can play tricks on the mind, but that reads like "I had someone with me but I have to say no because I can't reveal thier identity, but if you do find someone I can't recall".... kind of fishy.

  • h3ardita11b4 Jun 6, 2011

    so let me get this straight, mods. it's ok for people to be blatant about how they feel about mexicans. but it's not ok for them to be called out for it. is that how messages get approved?

  • yankee1 Jun 6, 2011

    Aside from Campos's obvious issues, I am curious as to the facts regarding Mr. Marcuez. For example:

    1. What is his immigration status?
    2. Was he sober?
    3. A Lincoln Navigator?? Hmmmm!!!
    4. He doesn't remember if he had anyone with him? Really?
    5. Who will pay for his obvious medical bills?

    Just askin'. Curiosity always seems to have a place in these types of stories.

  • hollylama Jun 6, 2011

    Hey let's place blame on every other entity except the individual DWI suspect and the business that gives him a check every other week.

  • ICTrue Jun 6, 2011

    "That is unless you consider folks in the republican party as liberals" JAFOinWF

    ding ding ding, winner...give the man a cupie doll

  • Thought Criminal WS Jun 6, 2011

    The News & Observer's story on this states: "The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office is now investigation whether Campos, a Mexican national, should be deported."

    "Instead of being racists, why don't you talk about the real issue at hand here, drinking and driving. Race and immigration status are much less relevant than the fact that this man should be put in jail because he repeatedly engages in behavior that can cause serious harm to others."

    Call yourself ignorant before you call me a racist. I said you can't even ask the question without someone calling you a racist. Maybe if you had the intestinal fortitude to recognize the hard questions need to be asked and answered, regardless if it OFFENDS someone, we'd not have as many "victims".

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 6, 2011

    The News & Observer's story on this states: "The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office is now investigation whether Campos, a Mexican national, should be deported."

    If this happens in Mexico or most other countries, this person would not have been out of jail the 1st time. He would of remain in prison until tried in court or deported.

  • cantstandya Jun 6, 2011

    @Juan helbertnc your sentiments are shared by many just not me.

  • jet2rdu Jun 6, 2011

    "Why is it always the fault of "liberal"? Hey guess what, braindeads: Repugnicans are in "charge" now ... so why aren't they cleaning up the immigration problem and strengthening crimnal law?" oldrwizr

    There are at least 2 simple reasons, due to "Lieberals" :

    1. Democrat controlled US Senate
    2. Democrat Presidential Veto

  • JAFOinWF Jun 6, 2011

    For the comments that only the liberals allow illegals into this country, that is completely false. That is unless you consider folks in the republican party as liberals. GWB and McCain and the SC senator all want to give amnesty. The NC legislature that is now all Repub will not let any bills getting harder on illegals out of committee. So, it is not just the liberals wanting and inviting illegal immigration.

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