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Teen gets DWI charge in Burlington crash

Posted August 7, 2012

A teenager was charged with drunken driving after police said he tried to flee the scene of an accident Burlington on Monday.

Burlington police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Roger Street and Sellars Mill Road about 4:45 p.m. for an accident. They arrived to find Tiffany Graves, 36, of Burlington, trapped in her Dodge Caliber.

Police said Graves was driving north on Sellars Mill Road when she was struck by a Dodge Durango operated by Cody Carter, 17, of Snow Camp. Carter was heading west on Roger Street.

Alamance County rescue personnel freed Graves from her vehicle. She was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said Carter fled the accident scene but was found a short distance away and taken into custody without incident.

Carter was charged with driving while impaired, hit and run – personal injury, having no operator’s license, provisional license and operating a vehicle with an open container of alcohol.

Graves’s vehicle received $8,000 in damage, and Carter’s vehicle received $4,000 in damage, police said.

Carter was transported to the Alamance County jail. Bond information was not available.


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  • jjsmith1973 Aug 8, 2012

    Drunk driving laws are serious

  • luxurytravel Aug 7, 2012

    Don't blame anyone but our "elected officals" who won't do anything to pass the legislation needed to make drunk driving laws SERIOUS! I am so saddened to read these stories over and over again. It will NEVER end until we COMPEL the law to change. Vote the fat cats OUT OF OFFICE! They are so busy trying to keep their jobs (and fat compensation) they forget to actually DO their job!

  • oleguy Aug 7, 2012

    Back in the day I would drink and drive no problem,, The mule knew his way home,,,,

  • jjsmith1973 Aug 7, 2012

    I have an issue with people saying common sense when they say something along the lines of a 16 year old that drinks should apply common sense and not drive. If he happens to be drunk do you think he is going to make a well educated, thought out decision? Hmm?

  • jjsmith1973 Aug 7, 2012

    Yes, because more prison time has worked well for everyone so far. Punishment doesn't equal prevention on any sense of the form. Even with harsher punishment as people seem to like to turn too. It does change the fact that someone else will be killed or injured again in a similar occurrence.

  • CharmedLife Aug 7, 2012

    Thanks, jj! A few years ago, I served with a volunteer rescue squad. During that time, one gets an "up close" view of the destruction a drunk driver is capable of doing in an instant. Not to mention my little 18 month old cousin who was killed by a drunk driver in a head on collision. That was a rough time!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 7, 2012

    @mac240 said, "I wish they would change the laws and create mandatory prison time for hit and run drivers!"

    Agreed. Or, double all prison sentences and fines.

    Also, make sure that there's a provision that allows for someone to flee (to a police station or very public place) if their life is in danger. (E.g. from the other driver or nearby neighbors)

  • GB74 Aug 7, 2012

    I own a professional designated driver service and it still amazes me how many people tell us how wonderful of an idea it is, then walk right past us at he end of the night. I wish more people would use it. For us it's not about the money cause what we do collect doesn't even cover all the expenses. Our main focus is to make sure that everyone gets home safely. All I can say to those reading this is this is not an advertisement for us, but use a service like ours, or a cab, or call a friend. Do everything possible to keep from putting yourself behind the wheel if you have been out drinking. You will save a life, maybe you own.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 7, 2012

    @scifion, google "physics of SUV instability". Or, just get yer Duranger up to 45+MPH and do a little "accident avoidance" lane change and then back again.**

    Everything that people love about SUVs makes them incredibly dangerous...high off the ground (“Oh, I can so MUCH up here!”), high profile tires & cooshy suspension (“Oh, what a smooooth ride!), inertia (“There’s so much room in here. I can have a party!”), etc.

    **Actually, DON'T do that. It's incredibly unsafe and you will inevitably roll more than once.

  • Roy G Biv Aug 7, 2012

    Yeah, yeah...I'm sure this family owned this giant Durango for pulling a horse trailer every weekend and not just 'cuz they're overweight and "like a lot of space". (ahem)

    They are not that big. My Pilot is bigger.