Man crashes into emergency room of Gastonia hospital

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A Gastonia man has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed into the emergency room of Gaston Memorial Hospital.

Police said 50-year-old Gary Edwin Bledsoe drove his pickup truck into a planter that hit a large window at the emergency department Wednesday night.

Bledsoe has also been charged with driving with a revoked license and reckless driving.

A woman said Bledsoe was taking her to the hospital after she had been stung by a bee and was having breathing problems. Gayla Smith said she lost consciousness before the crash, but she said Thursday that Bledsoe saved her life despite her injuries from the wreck.

Documents at the magistrate’s office said Bledsoe has a blood alcohol level of .10 percent. North Carolina’s limit is 0.08 percent.

No one else was hurt.
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