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Taxi driver charged with DWI after crashing into deputy's vehicle

Posted May 11, 2010

— Troopers charged a taxi driver with DWI after he crashed into a Wake County deputy's vehicle on Interstate 40 near N.C. Highway 54 Monday night.

Juma Moses Alfred Adali, 29, from Cary, was driving about 50 to 55 mph in a one-lane construction zone when he lost control of his taxi, according to troopers.

He crashed into the back of the deputy's vehicle, which was sitting on the side of the road with its lights flashing. His taxi pushed the deputy's SUV 18 feet, troopers said.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was inside the SUV with a bomb-sniffing dog and a drug-sniffing dog. They survived the crash. The back door was stuck and crews had to use special hydraulic tools to reach the deputy's dogs.

Adali told troopers that his brakes and speedometer weren't working properly. After investigating, authorities charged him with DWI, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle.

His blood alcohol level was 0.19, troopers said.


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  • froggytroat May 11, 2010

    >>company that allows a cab with improper brakes and equipment to go on the road driven by a driver having .19 blood alcohol reading behind the wheel

    You people sure can't read. He said it was not working properly, my bet is on the fact that he was wasted.

  • fairyswearboots2 May 11, 2010

    Well it looks like his JOB is over !

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 11, 2010

    I saw this last night. I don't quite understand how he did it. Traffic was reduced to one lane with cones in the road. He had to have drifted to the right and taken out a few cones before hitting the left-rear of the trooper's vehicle. But the cones had been set back up when I came through.

  • XLAW May 11, 2010

    The public is entitled to know and WRAL is irresponsible not to name the taxi company that allows a cab with improper brakes and equipment to go on the road driven by a driver having .19 blood alcohol reading behind the wheel. [DWI is .08] The company's license should be immediately suspended and this driver barred forever from driving a cab. Could you imagine if a passenger were in this cab?

  • bubbba May 11, 2010

    which cab company?

  • Journey985 May 11, 2010

    Oops, Don't people call cabs to avoid driving home drunk??? Things that make you go Hmmmm. Hope the Dogs and the officer are ok. Any mention of which cab company he works for so next time we go out we don't call them?

  • Justin T. May 11, 2010

    I demand that WRAL retract this story... it in no way blames law enforcement! GOLO posters have spoken many times in the past and what they need are more bloodthirsty reporters going after every officer who speeds, runs a red light, or gets in a fender bender.

  • westlaker May 11, 2010

    Would be really nice if the writer would include information such as the taxi service for which he drives.

  • sonicbluezx3 May 11, 2010

    "Wow, unbelievable, a point one nine! Remind me not to ride in his taxi in the future if he is even able to be a taxi driver in the future."

    I would hope that having a DWI on your record, along with all of the other charges, would make someone unable to be a taxi driver. In fact, I think that if you get charged with a DWI THAT high then you should be taken off the road entirely. Driving is a privilege not a right...

  • Just the facts mam May 11, 2010