Troopers say the driver of an Onslow County wreck that sent him and four teenagers to the hospital is now facing some hefty charges.
The Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Tod Arnold has been charged with DWI, reckless driving, and four felony counts of serious injury by motor vehicle. The A.L.E also charged him with providing alcohol to underage people.
Troopers say Arnold took a curve too fast, flipping his vehicle early Monday morning with four teenage passengers inside.
We're told everyone involved has been released from the hospital and are recovering at home.
Troopers says alcohol played a factor in an accident where a speeding car flipped over in a residential neighborhood, injuring five young people inside.
Trooper C.J. Matos says the five had just left a late night bonfire in the Rock Creek subdivision, outside of Jacksonville. He said all five had been drinking.
The driver, 21-year-old Tod Arnold, was pinned in his Ford Mustang and send to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Matos said the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. The trooper said Arnold took a curve at nearly 60 miles per hour, ran off the road, came back on the road and then hit a brick culvert on Daisy Court. The car then flipped over.
The Highway Patrol says no one in the car had their seat belts on and charges are still pending.
The passengers injured were: Jordan Johnson, 16, who went to Vidant Medical Center with a possible broken neck; Tyler Rose, 16, who was transported to New Hanover Regional; Meta Koene, 16, taken to Vidant; and Thomas Jeppson, 18, transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital.
After a late night bonfire, troopers say four teenagers got in 21-year-old Tod Arnold's Ford Mustang, and that all ended up being rushed to the hospital.
Trooper C.J. Matos with the Highway Patrol in Onslow County said around 2:30 on Monday morning, 21-year-old Tod Arnold of Hubert piled four friends in his Ford Mustang as they were leaving a bonfire in the Rock Creek subdivision.
Matos said the 21-year-old driver, a 19, 18, and two 16-year-olds had all been drinking. Matos said Arnold took a curve at nearly 60 miles per hour and ran of the road to the left, came back across the road, then hit a brick culvert in a private driveway at 301 Daisy Court. Troopers said the mustang flipped over, pinning the driver inside. Emergency responders had to cut Arnold out of the vehicle.
While names of the passengers are not yet being released, we know that two were flown to New Hanover Regional Hospital, one was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center, and two others were transported by ground to Onslow Memorial Hospital. Matos said none of the victims had life-threatening injuries, but most of them had serious injuries.
Matos said charges are pending against the driver, and that blood was drawn at the scene for toxicology testing.