A recent wrong-way accident ended with serious injuries and one arrest. North Carolina police say that the driver who was allegedly responsible for the wreck was driving while impaired at the time. He is currently facing a single DWI charge, although authorities plan to file serve warrants for additional allegations upon his release from the hospital.

The crash occurred at around 3 a.m., when the 34-year-old male driver was traveling south and driving on the correct side of the road. At the same time, a police vehicle carrying one police officer and two others was headed north on the same road. The driver of the first vehicle supposedly drifted out of his lane and crossed into oncoming traffic.

The officer said that there was not enough time to avoid a collision, and the two vehicles hit head on. All three occupants in the police vehicle suffered serious injuries and were transported to an area hospital. The other driver was also hospitalized with serious injuries. Police expect to charge him on two counts of felony serious injury with a vehicle once he has recovered enough to be discharged from the hospital.

Surviving a serious car accident can be scary enough without facing DWI charges on top of everything else. North Carolina defendants who are in this situation might not be sure where to start, and may miss important deadlines for things like temporarily retaining their driving privileges. Speaking with an experienced attorney could help some defendants better evaluate their options and the time frames within which they are working.