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Raleigh police: Drunken driver lands in Crabtree Creek

Posted April 13, 2009

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— Raleigh police set up detours around part of Capital Boulevard early Monday after a drunken driver fell asleep at the wheel, hit a utility pole and landed in Crabtree Creek, according to authorities.

Investigators say Eric Cuda, 25, woke up and jerked the wheel to the right before he crashed on southbound Capital Boulevard near Yonkers Road around 12:45 a.m. He was expected to be OK.

Police charged him with DWI.

Crews used a pulley system to get the car out of the creek. Officials fixed the traffic lights, which were out of service due to the crash.


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  • Milkman Apr 14, 2009

    This looks like another case where if the judge lets him go with a slap on the wrist and he ends up killing someone, the judge will be as guilty as this guy.

  • Simply H20 Apr 13, 2009

    other than a lil shocked, he looks fine after his swim. now lets lock him up so he doesn't do this again.

  • Red Apr 13, 2009

    Geez! I know this part of Crabtree Creek. He took a pretty steep dive off the road before he hit the water. By my guess he dropped at least 20 feet. The Greenway trail there behind the old dealership is raised high above the hill to bring it level with the road.

  • Snakebite Survivor Apr 13, 2009

    That mug shot is priceless!

  • TStills Apr 13, 2009

    smitty - dying over here! one of the funniest things ive read on here....

  • smitty Apr 13, 2009

    ♫If the nōdōz don't do the trick, You better wake up something quick, You gonna drive drive drive drive into the crick, Ooooooh, Eric Cuda♫

  • Justin T. Apr 13, 2009

    It would be awesome if he had a brother named Barry.

  • texasncgirl Apr 13, 2009

    OMG!! I know this guy! I used to work with him at a restaurant in Raleigh...

  • somey Apr 13, 2009

    Okay....who flashed Eric???

  • readme Apr 13, 2009

    He will get a slap on the wrist and, based on his history, most likely will eventually kill someone. Personally I don't mind my tax dollars funding a jail cell for him for about 10 years, if he is guilty.