Man charged with DWI after 1 hurt, 2 vehicles destroyed in fiery New Year’s Eve wreck

BURLINGTON, N.C. — One man was charged with driving while impaired after a fiery New Year’s Eve wreck in Burlington resulted one person being hurt and two vehicles being destroyed.

Dandre Kier Jacobs, 28, of Burlington, faces charges of DWI, speeding, a passing violation and driving with no insurance.

Burlington police said officers were called to the 900 block of Chapel Hill Road/Hwy. 54 in reference to a head-on crash.

Arriving officers found a 1998 Ford Expedition SUV overturned on the passenger side and on fire, blocking the westbound lane of Hwy. 54.

Jacobs, the alleged driver, was found unhurt a short distance from the crash on Kilby Street, according to police.

Police said the Ford Expedition, driven by Jacobs, hit with a 2010 Nissan Altima headed eastbound on Hwy. 54.

Jacobs drove his SUV left of center to pass a slower moving vehicle near the crest of a hill, according to police.

The driver of the Altima suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles are considered total losses.

On Tuesday, FOX8 was given exclusive access to the damaged vehicles. The front end portion of the Altima was pushed into the driver's seat.

The Ford had a massive dent on the passenger side where the vehicle's collided. The engine was also severely burned by flames.

Jarry Johnson, with Joe's 66 Service, was the first on scene to clean up the damage.

"When we finally started sweeping the glass up, I mean we had about three buckets of glass," he said.

When asked, he said he was shocked to hear no one was seriously injured. "Cause when someone flips over like that, somebody usually gets hurt pretty bad.”

FOX8 is still working to find out if Jacobs has any previous DWI convictions and why his license was revoked.