NEW INFO: Road Reopens; Marine Charged With DWI

A busy road in Onslow County is open once again, after being closed for several hours this morning.

Gum Branch Road was closed for about four hours because of the 5:00 a.m. accident near Timothy Road. That crash caused downed power lines which delayed reopening the road.

State troopers have charged Corporal Sean Brandt with DWI after the single vehicle accident. Trooper T.W. McCoy says Brandt's blood alcohol content was .09. In North Carolina, .08 is the legal limit.

Trooper McCoy says the car was coming from Jacksonville and ran off the road to the right, into power lines. The Marine from Camp Lejeune was taken to the Naval Hospital with with non-life-threatening injuries.

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An early morning car accident has led to the closure of a busy street in Onslow County. It's also causing a local power outage.

Onslow County Emergency Management officials say Gum Branch Rd. is closed because of downed power lines. The wreck happened where Gum Branch intersects with Timothy, which is between Jacksonville and Richlands, around 5 a.m.

Originally, officials told WITN they think it would take until 9 a.m. to open the road back up because of the power line that came down. However, the latest estimate is 10 a.m.

Trooper E.W. McCoy says a car coming from Jacksonville ran off the road to the right into power lines. He was taken to the Naval Hospital with with non-life-threatening injuries. The Highway Patrol says the driver, whose name has not been released, is being charged with DWI.

The power outage is between Timothy Rd. and Howard Rd.

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  • by Breath Alcohol Location: Concentration on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    Actually the article is incorrect. 0.07 is the limit, 0.08 is DWI.
  • by Nancy Location: New Bern on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    When he is released from the hospital, let him spend some time in jail for DWI and also let there be punishment from the Marine Corp. He represent the Marine Corp. well!
  • by semper stuipids on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:28 AM
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to semper stuipids
      A few bad marines doesn't call for that kind of stereotyping of our armed services......thanks to all that serve our country. As for you....stick it where the sun don't shine.
  • by Trishe Location: Jacksonville on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:07 AM
    ....Once can oly be thankful that with his thoughless, reckless & negligent actions...with all that the citizens of Onlsow County have been thru lately, we have not suffered another catastrophe. He could have killed someone or himself leaving yet another family behind to suffer the tragedy!
  • by Anti-Idiot on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    No, not a Marine! They're not known for being drunks and thinking the are above any/everything!
  • by Nice work on Mar 1, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    Another Marine in trouble... I'm amazed.
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      by M on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:57 AM in reply to Nice work
      I think you need to look at the population. This is a town comprised mostly of Marines and Marine families. So a lot of the time when things happen here, Marines are involved. There are DUI cases all the time in Greenville, Wilmington and everywhere else. They are usually "civilians" because they are mostly civilian populations. Young people make mistakes and do dumb things all the time. I'm not saying what he did wasn't wrong, I'm just saying that being a Marine did not make the difference here.
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        by Denise on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:50 AM in reply to M
        A little rough on the fact he's a marine! I've lived on this curve for 30 years, and, trust me, ALOT of people have taken out poles here. When I had no power this morning. I knew what happened, before I got out of bed.
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        by I thought Marines lived to a higher standard. on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to M
        Guess not, that's all I'm saying.....
  • by Tom Location: Half Moon on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    Power still out from Timothy road to Ramsey Road. A lot more than what the story says.
  • by Tom Location: Half Moon on Mar 1, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    Try power outage from the wreck down to Ramsey Road. No power again. Third time so far.

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