Wrong-way driver charged with DWI

Blood-alcohol was double legal limit
Mar. 28, 2013 @ 08:29 AM

A woman who caused a head-on collision after traveling the wrong way on U.S. 321 last month has been charged with driving while impaired.

About 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 Judy Towery McCurry, 65, of Lincolnton was driving a 1993 Buick sedan south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 321 and struck a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country van head-on between Falls Avenue and the Pinewood Road extension, police reported. Witnesses said they saw the Buick driving with its headlights out. McCurry was flown to Carolinas Medical Center with internal organ injuries and a leg fracture.

McCurry had a blood-alcohol level of .17 percent, said Lt. Chris Jenkins of the Granite Falls Police Department. Drivers are presumed to be impaired with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent.

McCurry turned herself in to Granite Falls Police on March 22. She was also charged with careless and reckless driving and failing to wear a seatbelt. McCurry is scheduled to appear in Caldwell District Court June 4.