Woman Charged With DWI Following Accident

A woman is in the hospital after Highway Patrol says she was driving drunk and ran into a tree.

Trooper J.E. Lee says about 5:15 Monday afternoon 42-year-old Susan Mendell of Grimesland in Pitt County was driving a white Toyota van on Highway 43 about a mile south of Chicod near Ivan Harris Road when she ran off the road twice and ended up hitting a tree.

Trooper Lee says Mendell received serious injuries and was taken to the trauma unit at PCMH, but says it looks like she'll be ok.

Mendell is charged with DWI, reckless driving, and not wearing a seatbelt. Troopers say she has one prior DWI conviction.

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