Man charged with DWI taking friend to North Carolina emergency room
A woman who is highly allergic to bees was stung recently and a friend offered to take her to the emergency room, according to the bee sting victim. The woman was struggling to get air and needed medical attention for an allergic reaction, she says. Her friend thought that he could get the woman to the hospital faster than waiting for emergency responders. The woman says she lost consciousness while en route to the hospital.
It was later that she learned her good friend was carted off by police from the hospital. The man reportedly had crashed his car at the entrance to the emergency department at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He hit a planter that authorities say smashed into a large window at the hospital. After police arrived, the man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
Police subjected the driver to an alcohol test that authorities say registered 0.10 percent blood alcohol concentration, slightly over the 0.08 percent legal limit in North Carolina. The man is facing charges of DWI, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license for his trip to take an ailing friend to the emergency room.
The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office reportedly claims that the driver was previously charged with DWI August 7, just weeks before his DWI arrest at Gaston Memorial.
The woman was treated at the hospital and released the same day she was rushed to the emergency room. She says that she is grateful her friend rushed her to the emergency room. However, she says that she is upset that police arrested her friend that day.
Source: Gaston Gazette, “Driver crashes into hospital, charged with DWI,” Dianne Turbyfill, Aug. 30, 2012