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Woman loses arm in Cumberland wreck

Posted June 3, 2012
Updated June 4, 2012

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— A 32-year-old man is accused of driving drunk and lying about being behind the wheel during a Cumberland County wreck that cost a woman her arm. 

Troopers said they determined that Harold "J.R." Currie, 32, was driving about 80 mph in a Lincoln Navigator when he crossed the center line, tore through a ditch and overturned in the 10200 block of Collier's Chapel Church Road outside Linden around 3 a.m. Sunday.

At the salvage yard where the SUV was parked Monday, a beer box and beer cans were visible inside the vehicle.

Currie's girlfriend, Jennifer Brooke Marbell, 28, of Erwin, was riding in the passenger seat when the wreck happened. Currie said Monday that they were returning from a birthday party and were arguing when he lost control of the vehicle.

Marbell was tossed from of the car and landed behind it. She lost her right arm and suffered internal injuries. She was in critical condition Monday after being flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Troopers said that Currie, who sustained minor injuries, was outside the SUV when they arrived, and he claimed that Marbell was the driver and that he, too, had been thrown from the vehicle.

Man charged in Cumberland wreck that cost girlfriend her arm Man charged in Cumberland wreck that cost girlfriend her arm

However, troopers said they determined that Currie had been driving, got out of the car after being partially ejected, and called 911.

Currie was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving and driving without a license. Troopers said his Massachusetts driver's license was suspended.

Currie said he was disoriented and scared when he told troopers he wasn't driving. He said he's extremely upset over the wreck and called it an "unfortunate accident."

He said he didn't feel impaired when he left the party.

"If I felt like I was too drunk to drive, I would never have gotten behind the wheel," Currie said.

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  • Karmageddon Jun 12, 2012

    ""If I felt like I was too drunk to drive, I would never have gotten behind the wheel," Currie said.

    How many drunks feel like they're too drunk to drive? Not too many, I'd bet

  • diana123 Jun 6, 2012

    yeah well the girlfriend is at fault too. no drinking and driving, even as a passenger so she took a risk and paid for it.

  • we-r-just-human Jun 4, 2012

    You're in our prayers Brooke....

  • pirate09 Jun 4, 2012

    Why is it the drunk guy is always the least injured??
    OleNCNative

    Because they are drunk so their response reflex is slower, they dont tense up like someone who is sober and therefor sustain less injury....its sad but true. You should never tense up in a wreck but instead let your body go, this has come from a guy who is a human crash test dummy and has yet to be injured during these crash tests.

  • Old-Guy Jun 4, 2012

    .. and why are they back on the road again ? Drunk drivers should lose their cars, since losing a license doesn't mean anything.

  • OleNCNative Jun 4, 2012

    Why is it the drunk guy is always the least injured??