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Woman faces DWI, assault charges after man falls from pickup

Posted April 27, 2010
Updated April 28, 2010

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— A Raleigh woman was charged with driving while impaired after a man fell out of a pickup truck she was driving Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police said Zaixin Chen, 34, fell out of the bed of a truck driven by Arlene Marie Cates at Lynn and Creedmoor roads shortly after 4 p.m. Police said they believe Chen was holding down a mattress in the bed of the truck, but a gust of wind got under the mattress, lifting it up and tossing him out of the truck.

Chen was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday morning.

Cates, 36, of 6813 Chamonix Place, was charged with DWI and assault inflicting serious injury by motor vehicle. She was being held in the Wake County jail Wednesday under a $50,000 secured bond.

Police said they did not know if Cates was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Test results were pending.

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  • 4Just-ice2 Apr 29, 2010

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the Chen family. Arlene's test came back negative for alcohol and drugs. She is very devastated by this situation. This occurrence is a freak accident that can and could happen to anyone. Arlene is not an alcoholic "wildcat" and in our country it is still innocent until proven guilty no matter the hype of gossip or media. It could have been prevented by following necessary safety precautions. We are all saddened by this and will continue to keep everyone in our hearts and thoughts.

    Jennifer

  • jaredg Apr 29, 2010

    First off WRAL needs to write a follow up on this story. I personally know Arlene as she used to be my neighbor. Secondly, the tox screen came back negative. She had no alcohol in her system or drugs, except the ones prescribed to her by her doctor which are not impairing. Thirdly, from knowing Arlene, I'm sure she was traumatized and acting very erratic when the cops got to the screen which could be why they thought she was on something. In truth this is just a horrible horrible accident.

  • Tater Salad Returns Apr 28, 2010

    I have personally seen many Lawpeople prefer charges THEY KNEW WOULD NOT HOLD UP IN COURT, or they just want to control the situation. - latitude52n

    That's usually how it works. LEOs know the charges will not stick, but they face no accountability for such wastes of tax payer resources and revenue generation for the state is what they are typically after. Usually cops lie more than the average rug

  • Scubagirl Apr 28, 2010

    "SHE IS AN ALCOHOLIC THAT IS IN SERIOUS NEED OF HELP.
    wildcat
    April 28, 2010 4:57 p.m.
    Ignore Report abuse"

    And you know this HOW????

  • wildcat Apr 28, 2010

    This is an ACCIDENT, sadly it was completely preventable.

    Of course it COULD have been prevented, if she had NOT BEEN DRINKING!

  • wildcat Apr 28, 2010

    SHE IS AN ALCOHOLIC THAT IS IN SERIOUS NEED OF HELP.

  • hazeyc Apr 28, 2010

    All kinds of dangerous objects fly out of people's pick-up trucks when they are moving their belongings. There ought to be a law that requires an enclosure or a tarp to hold together the items.

    I just saw someone's chairs to the side of 540 west this morning. I hope they didn't hit the car behind them first.

  • edbuck51 Apr 28, 2010

    wonder what head he was thinking with???

  • DWH4sure Apr 28, 2010

    ...(slim chance being NC, most everybody I have met here is on some kind of drug or whatnot)...

    I'm from here. I'm not on any kind of drug or whatnot.

  • DizzyDaphnee Apr 28, 2010

    The OPTIMISM here that Johnny Law is out there doing what is "right" is misplaced. I know, I will get blasted for tarnishing the locals "holy grail" rep they like to believe about themselves but just as I have posted MANY MANY MANY TIMES, law enforcement REACTS SOMETIMES INAPPROPRIATELY by overreacting to a situation they have little knowledge of. I have personally seen many Lawpeople prefer charges THEY KNEW WOULD NOT HOLD UP IN COURT, or they just want to control the situation. Stories like this breed distrust because there is a possibility the young woman is not impaired. (slim chance being NC, most everybody I have met here is on some kind of drug or whatnot) Maybe these two just are very inexperienced drivers concerning hauling large UNSECURED ITEMS WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW. She is not an innocent but I don't like the way it says she was charged for DWI without any proof.
    This is an ACCIDENT, sadly it was completely preventable.

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