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Man Charged With DWI in I-540 Accident

Posted July 29, 2007
Updated July 30, 2007

— Police charged a man with driving while impaired in connection with an accident that shut down Interstate 540 overnight Saturday.

A passenger car and a sport-utility vehicle were traveling east on I-540 around the Six Forks exit around 3 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The car rear-ended the SUV and sent both vehicles over the cable median onto the other side of the interstate. The SUV flipped over several times, and the car came to a stop in the westbound lanes, still facing east, said officials.

I-540 was shut down for an hour-and-a-half while police investigated the accident.

Lynn Dodd, the driver of the SUV, was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries. She was released later Sunday, officials said.

Brandon Swingunski, the car driver, was charged with careless and reckless driving, in addition to one count of DWI. He was uninjured, said police.

Swingunski does not have any prior DWI convictions, according to court records.


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  • iamforjustice Jul 30, 2007

    I know a man that got a DWI for cough syrup.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Jul 30, 2007

    "2 beers on some people is a DUI..." Even if you haven't eaten anything it takes more than two beers, unless they're really really big!!

    When this article was first posted they had DUI instead of DWI. I made a comment about WRAL not knowing the laws since DUI doesn't exist in NC. They chose to fix the story and delete my post. What is wrong with fixing it and leaving the post stay? Can't admit that you're wrong WRAL?

  • iamforjustice Jul 30, 2007

    You people need to move to a 3rd world country where loking up is the answer. You can't lock up the entire drinking population. What needs to be done is to make it mandatory by 2008 that each car has a BAC machine it and that way no one can drive with alcohol on their breath. And if caught driving a car without one and with alcohol on their breath then throw the book at them and if they went to a bar lock them up too. Now that is getting real!!!

  • iwideopen Jul 30, 2007

    In this case, and others that involves other people, I think that jail time and fines are appropriate. But if no one else is involved and you are stopped by the police and arrested on DUI charges then a hefty fine should be the punishment. Because one way to hurt a person real bad and get there attention is to dig into that wallet !!!

  • beachbum1 Jul 30, 2007

    Had a County Sheriff friend of mine tell me if you are in an accident and even if you have a half a can a beer and they smell it on your breath and you cause an accident they can get you for DUI driving under the influence.

  • yacs Jul 30, 2007

    He's lucky he didn't kill somebody.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 30, 2007

    Agreed Jail time for the DUI drivers. Next even more jail time for the SOBER drivers that tailgate no matter the speed, speed no matter what the speed limit sign says; run red-lights; weave in and out of traffic (read driving wrecklessly). The sober ones are worse because they are not impaired; do these things anyway, and there are far more of them.

  • ladyblue Jul 30, 2007

    Bobbj--Don't brag there kiddeo. 2 beers on some people is a DUI...especially if you haven't eaten. So you may be wishing yourself 5 years. I think the first offense is education such as seeing the damage and seeing the problem, a loss of license a year. Give everyone a chance to see that may not realize the effect of alcohol. After the first offense there is no excuses. Throw the book at them in whatever is necessary, including jail time. I think the first offeanse someone should be made to visit the morgue to see a person who was killeld due to alcohol.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 30, 2007

    "Raleigh needs a better transportation system so people that drink can get home"

    They have one, it's called a taxi or heaven forbid a sober driver. When I was school we had a taxi drivers cell phone and use to call him every time we were ready to leave a bar. The next day we would always pay up. It really is not hard being responcible.

  • bobbyj Jul 30, 2007

    What needs to happen is people who drink and drive get real jail time. I would pay extra tax dollars to build drunk jails. The car becomes the personal death missle, they never realize until it is too late. Lets start at 5 years for first time offendors and work our way up. US is way to easy on these clowns. Guess what I drink, I drink too much but if I'm driving my consumtion max is 2 beers, not an hour 2 for the night.