Suspected drunk driver in Rowan Co. crash had previous DWI

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SALISBURY — A Rowan County family is calling for action after their loved one was severely injured in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver.

The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident that happened on St. Paul Church Road in Salisbury Saturday afternoon.

Troopers said a truck driven by Mark Carter crossed the center line and struck another truck driven by Chris Brown.

Carter and Brown were both transported to Carolina’s Medical Center with severe injuries. Both were listed in good condition as of Sunday, according to hospital officials.

According to Brown’s family, Chris suffered a broken hip that will require multiple surgeries and years of rehabilitation.

Troopers told WSOC that Carter had limited driving privileges after his license was suspended due to a prior DWI conviction.

“He was convicted of DWI in August 2013 in Rowan County,” said Trooper Kevin Barringer, with NC Highway Patrol. “He was not allowed to be driving on the weekends.”

Investigators said the state may seize Carter’s truck because they said this marks his second DWI offense. Troopers also said Carter is facing jail time and his license could be suspended for an additional four years.

“A judge would decide if he again receives privileges to drive to places, like work,” said Trooper Barringer. “The investigation is still ongoing. We are waiting on the results of Carter’s B.A.C.”

Source: WSOC


  • Martha

    This is not unusal. Speaking from experience of being hit by a drunk driver there is no repercussion. It takes several months before they are actually sentenced and then it’s hardly any jail time even if they kill someone. The accused always seem to keep driving without insurance, without license and still get stopped repeatedly for the same offense. Until North Carolina gets stiffer penalities this will continue

  • FaithC

    He should have had no driving privileges for at least a year after his first DWI.
    Having limited privileges did not stop him from driving drunk, so he needs to spend time in jail. I agree with Martha, NC needs harsher punishment for drunk drivers.

    • Mark Stabler

      It really doesn’t matter about the driving privileges. The privileges he had did not allow him to drive on the weekend. These repeat offenders are going to drive with or without a license. It will take more than being told not to drive to keep them from under the wheel.

  • fred

    Investigators said the state may seize Carter’s truck because they said this marks his second DWI offense.

    If that’s his truck in the picture, they are not getting much.
    Looks totaled to me.

    • chucky1992

      You are correct. In a majority of the cases, it costs more to seize, store and auction the vehicles off when it is a repeat offender. They seldom drive nice vehicles and are normally damaged in accidents.

  • Humber Jouhansonmuess

    These drunks go to court lose privileges for a year or so then they get them back drink and do it again, repeat repeat. Until you lose the right to even be IN A CAR after drunk driving and start some Clockwork Orange methods on the creeps we will lose love ones to these life long screw-ups, 12 steps …… try 12 lashes!

  • B

    I can’t wait when they legalize marijuana. I don’t think the State should seize that truck. NC needs to make DWI a Felony. It’s only a felony when they kill someone or when they have 3 convictions within 10 years. I may be wrong on the length of time.

    • chucky1992

      That is correct. It takes a lot for a person to be charged with felony DWI and even more for them to be convicted.

    • chucky1992

      Well almost correct… the DWI is not a felony if they kill someone… it is still a misdemeanor unless they have three prior convictions within 10 years prior to the date of offense. I’ve seen a few that missed the fenloy charge by only a day or two. In other words, their 1st of three convictions was 10 years and 1 or 2 days prior to their new offense.

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