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Driver charged with DWI in I-40 wreck

Posted June 5, 2012 7:09 a.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2012 7:27 p.m. EDT

— A single-car wreck on Interstate 40 East in Raleigh early Tuesday caused traffic delays during the morning commute and sent two people to the hospital.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the driver, Louis Henry Pittman Jr., 33, suffered life-threatening injuries in the wreck near Lake Wheeler Road around 5:30 a.m. He was listed in critical condition at WakeMed Tuesday evening.

His passenger, Kendell Christopher Jones, 40, has been treated and released.

Pittman faces one count of driving while impaired, police said.

All eastbound lanes were reopened about three hours after the wreck, although congestion lingered in the area.

At one point, eastbound traffic was backed up to Gorman Street, while onlooker delays slowed traffic on I-40 West as far back as the U.S. Highway 1/64 interchange.