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Woman faces DWI, assault charges after man falls from pickup

Posted April 27, 2010 8:59 p.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2010 4:20 p.m. EDT

— 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.