A 20-year-old woman has been charged with driving while impaired after authorities said she hit the parked car of a N.C. Highway Patrol trooper on the scene of a wreck.
Rachel Evitts also was charged with reckless driving and provisional DWI, the latter charge because she is under 21 and was driving after consuming alcohol, said Sgt. Ben Miller of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The wreck occurred around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 485 near the Lawyers Road exit.
Miller said Trooper Clay Amaral and another trooper were investigating another wreck and had parked their vehicles in the left lane of the highway at the request of a wrecker service. Amaral was in a fully-marked car and had turned on his lights, including a directional arrow to alert drivers to move to the right side of the highway.
The troopers had been on the highway for about an hour when Evitts drove into the back of Amaral's car, Miller said. Miller said Evitts didn't see the car and didn't slow down.
Amaral, who wasn't wearing his seatbelt at the time, tensed up when he saw the approaching car but did not have time to move, Miller said. The wreck shoved his car forward about 40 feet.
Miller said Evitts lost control of her car, which spun out and stopped on the right shoulder of the highway. He said a field test showed Evitts had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 – more than twice the legal limit.
Amaral was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was treated and released.