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Man faces second DWI charge in two months

Posted February 11, 2011
Updated February 12, 2011

— Raleigh police said they arrested a Fayetteville man early Friday on a charge of driving while impaired for the second time in two months.

Brawleigh Alexander O'Ryan Graham, 22, was driving a 2011 Mercedes ML350 around 2:45 a.m. when it ran of the right side of Lassiter Mill Road, according to the wreck report. The Mercedes struck a utility pole, tearing down power lines, and went on to hit a mailbox and tree. It rolled over, finally stopping in a front lawn.

Two passengers – Stephanie Mejia and Alexey Stepankov – were injured. Stepankov, 20, was treated at WakeMed and released. Mejia, 24, was in the hospital Friday afternoon in good condition.

Graham, of 1131 Wild Pine Drive in Fayetteville, was charged with DWI and failure to drive within a single lane of travel.

Police said they also arrested Graham on a DWI charge on Dec. 12.

The wreck report states that Graham was doing the speed limit of 35 mph before and at the time of impact. The wreck did $5,000 worth of damage to the power pole and $60,000 damage to the Mercedes, according to the report.

Power was knocked out to about 30 Progress Energy customers. Lassiter Mill Road and Scotland Street were closed while utility crews repaired the downed power pole.


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  • blackdog Feb 11, 2011

    ...legalize drinking... Oh wait. It is.

  • SaltlifeLady Feb 11, 2011

    why is a 22 year old driving a brand new Mercedes?? He is probably some spolied brat and daddy will bail him out.

  • 426X3 Feb 11, 2011

    Take his license and get him off the road befoe he kills someone.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Feb 11, 2011

    Book 'im Dano!!!

  • Dido Feb 11, 2011

    Please tell me he's behind bars with no bail. This guy is pathetic.

  • Antie M Feb 11, 2011

    I wish all electrical lines were underground, that would certainly minimize the impact of drunk drivers on innocent citizens.

  • LetsGetHigh Feb 11, 2011

    If he's driving a 2011 mercedes, its obvious he got some money to defend himself. I bet his parents are pretty ticked at him though

  • godnessgracious Feb 11, 2011

    Typical child of a Republican!

    Very pathetic and childish post.

    Much like every post you've ever made.

  • RB-1 Feb 11, 2011

    Weird how this blog got around to politics...like some folks had nothing else to say.

  • GatorGirl Feb 11, 2011

    fromRaleigh....I couldn't have said it better myself.