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Wrong-Way Drunken Driver Released From Hospital

Posted March 4, 2007

— The drunken driver who smashed into a truck after driving 20 miles the wrong way on I-95 Thursday has been discharged from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

He was previously listed in "good condition." 

Bradley Graves, 37, got on I-95 in Lumberton and drove north in the southbound lanes at 90 mph in his GMC Yukon. He began grazing vehicles and eventually collided with a truck in Fayetteville, according to investigators.

The tanker truck, driven by Louis Damon, 56, swerved abruptly and overturned, spilling nearly 50 gallons of cyclomethicone, a chemical liquid used in antiperspirants. Damon was not injured in the accident, and highway crews were able to contain the liquid and clear it from the roadway.

Greg Gibson was also on the road early Thursday morning. He was driving his brand new VW Jetta when he saw Graves' headlights coming toward him.

"I said, 'That car's in my lane!'" Gibson recalled saying to his father, who was sitting in the passenger seat.

With a transfer truck to his right and a guardrail nearby, Gibson had little room to maneuver. He swerved to the right and hit the transfer truck, which knocked his car to the left-lane guardrail. Neither Gibson nor his father were hurt, but the car sustained some damage. He is amazed no one was hurt.

"I hope [Graves] is feeling very fortunate," Gibson said.

Officials with the Highway Patrol said they were alerted about Graves' driving and were planning on intercepting him before he was involved in the accident.

"We had troopers scrambling to get to the area to intercept this car before a collision occurred," said Sgt. Joel Siles. "But we were unsuccessful in apprehending him."

Investigators said Graves was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but he is now in better condition. Graves has been charged with DWI, reckless driving and driving the wrong way on a dual-lane highway.

This wasn't Graves' first time drinking and driving. Records show he was arrested in 1989 and 1996 for driving while intoxicated.


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  • friendoffamily Mar 5, 2007

    ok - 2007 - and our society gets worse and worse and people get away with stupid things - we pay millions of dollars for an actual murderer who kills in cold blood to have a 2 year trial - wait in prison for 20 years before carrying out their sentence - I don't think it's the criminal who's stupid - it's the people who get upset and write stupid comments on a news site rather than doing something about it - write congress or something instead!

  • mramorak Mar 5, 2007

    friendoffamily-eh,he abused the alcohol himself!he made the choice to drink to get high.Im also sure he has to know uh let me see,this is the year 2007.DRINKING AND DRIVING ARE AGAINST THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SkepticalGirl Mar 5, 2007

    This is his 3rd DWI. How many more times do you think he was out there drunk and didn't get caught?

  • Rocknhorse Mar 5, 2007

    As the comedian says, "You can't fix stupid!" This guy obviously has no desire to learn from his previous mistakes! Lock him up and throw away the key! He doesn't deserve to be out in society!

  • Lulli Mar 5, 2007

    Three strikes - you're out! This man should be put away for a long time & never allowed to be licensed. Some people never learn & apparently this guy is one of them. The potential of many innocent people getting seriously injured or killed was evermore present during his twenty minute ride! What I can't understand is why didn't he realize he was headed the wrong way after grazing these vehicles? Was he this drunk, that stupid, or both????? KEEP HIM OFF THE ROAD!

  • azgolf Mar 5, 2007

    I definitely think this guy should get attempted murder. I was one of his potential victims. I was visiting NC and had just arrived early that evening. Driving down I-95 and I almost was killed while visiting. Then after successfully avoiding death, I called the Highway Patrol and got a very unconcerned dispatch operator. Argh.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Mar 5, 2007

    Im glad his condition has been upgraded and hope he is released soon so he can deal with the charges awaiting him.

  • nymarine85 Mar 5, 2007

    Stupid people today! Just another menace in today's society! Take away his license for good! And lock him up to give him sometime to think about how stupid he is!

  • inmyopinion3 Mar 5, 2007

    This idiot needs to goto prison for several years and have his license permenantly revoked.

  • mramorak Mar 5, 2007

    Does any one remember the drunk driver who hit a schoold bus in kentucky some 10 or 15 years ago going the wrong way on the interstate?