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Man charged with DWI, hit and run in I-95 wreck

Posted September 20, 2015

Tony Level Richardson

— A 49-year-old man has been charged in connection with a serious wreck on I-95 in Johnston County Saturday morning.

The State Highway Patrol said Tony Level Richardson is charged with driving while intoxicated and hit and run.

Troopers said Richardson rear-ended a car driven by Brandon Register, 27, sending the vehicle careening into the trees. Firefighters spent an hour cutting Register out of the car. He suffered neck and back injuries. Register's wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was not injured.

Richardson faced DWI charges in 2013, following a wreck on U.S. Highway 64 in eastern Wake County. Authorities said he hit two men who were changing a flat tire. Richardson was also charged with texting while driving in that incident.


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  • Daniel Ennis Sep 23, 2015
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    My cousin was the driver.
    The article is wrong about Brandon's Wife, she suffered multiple broken ribs.

    Sadly the family pet was also in the car and has not been located :(

    And to fill in more details, Richardson did not have his headlights on so my cousin didn't see him coming.

    According to public records, Richardson was charged with Driving without a license while impaired earlier this year already....

    But to make matters worse, he has only been charged with a misdemeanor. We're trying to raise awareness of this to get the DA to upgrade the charges, so please like and share Brandon's brothers post: http://on.fb.me/1G3ARam

  • Sean Creasy Sep 21, 2015
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    So this isn't the first time he has almost killed someone while drinking and driving? Fry his behind!!!

  • Sara Hauser Sep 20, 2015
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    What is it with impaired drivers and motorcycles in JoCo this weekend?? There's a reason DWI is a crime. Don't do it. Those offenders need stiff punishment.

  • Linda Tally Sep 20, 2015
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    Two years ago he was charted with DWI - and what on earth happened? The story makes no mention of the resolution of that incident - has it even gone to court? Sheesh!

  • Anne Havisham Sep 20, 2015
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    It is my hope that, in addition to whatever penalty he may face if convicted, Mr. Richardson seeks treatment.

    Social drinkers don't do what he is alleged to have done. Recovery is possible.

  • Terry McDowell Sep 20, 2015
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    They should have locked him up the first time. And left him there.

  • Lisa Lisa Sep 20, 2015
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    This man is a threat to society.