Mebane man pleads in wreck that paralyzed friend

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GRAHAM, N.C. — A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to drunk driving and causing a wreck that left a friend partially paralyzed.

The Burlington Times-News reported that Michael Lee Vandusen, 34, of Mebane, entered an Alford guilty plea in connection to a November 2010 wreck that thew Kevin Copelan from a rolling vehicle.

Vandusen pleaded guilty to felony serious injury by vehicle in Alamance County Superior Court.

An Alford guilty plea means he pleading guilty without admitting guilt, because “he was knocked unconscious,” said defense attorney John Cox.

“He’s not 100 percent sure he was driving … but he believes he was involved and is responsible in some way,” Cox said, according to the paper.

To read more, visit The Burlington Times-News.

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