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Man Charged With DWI in I-540 Accident

Posted July 29, 2007 9:30 p.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2007 6:24 a.m. EDT

— Police charged a man with driving while impaired in connection with an accident that shut down Interstate 540 overnight Saturday.

A passenger car and a sport-utility vehicle were traveling east on I-540 around the Six Forks exit around 3 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The car rear-ended the SUV and sent both vehicles over the cable median onto the other side of the interstate. The SUV flipped over several times, and the car came to a stop in the westbound lanes, still facing east, said officials.

I-540 was shut down for an hour-and-a-half while police investigated the accident.

Lynn Dodd, the driver of the SUV, was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries. She was released later Sunday, officials said.

Brandon Swingunski, the car driver, was charged with careless and reckless driving, in addition to one count of DWI. He was uninjured, said police.

Swingunski does not have any prior DWI convictions, according to court records.