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CPCC teacher faces several charges after wreck on I-485

A Matthews man faces several charges after his vehicle allegedly struck another car while driving the wrong way late Thursday night on Interstate 485 in eastern Mecklenburg County.

The suspect is a full-time teacher at CPCC, college officials say.

William Brinnier, 57, was arrested after his PT Cruiser was stopped by Stallings police shortly after 11 p.m. on the outer loop of I-485 near Lawyers Road in Mint Hill. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the incident.

According to police, a PT Cruiser headed southbound in the northbound (outer) loop side-swiped a car near the East John Street interchange in Matthews. Police say the driver of the wrong-way vehicle apparently turned around and started heading in the proper direction. He was caught by police about 6 miles north of where the crash took place.

Brinnier was charged with DWI, hit and run, and reckless driving.

Brinnier is a full-time psychology instructor at CPCC’s Levine campus in Matthews, a spokesman for the school said Friday. CPCC officials say Brinnier will remain on the staff because he has not broken any school rules. However, the school’s spokesman said, college officials will review the situation after the case is settled.

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