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

Posted May 11, 2010 6:36 a.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2010 7:58 a.m. EDT

— 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.