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Troopers: DWI crash causes injury, power outage

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A teenager suspected of drunken driving was injured Sunday after his car struck a utility pole.

State troopers say 19-year-old Samuel Mata was traveling west in the 4100 block of Weaver Road east of Wilson when his car veered left of center, overcorrected and veered onto the other side of the road and struck a utility pole. Officials said Mata’s vehicle, a 2007 Acura, also overturned and hit a tree before it came to rest. The single-car crash happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Mata was taken to Wilson Medical Center with “significant injuries” via Wilson County Emergency Medical Services, said N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Wayne Finch, who is over Troop C, District 5, which covers Wilson and Greene counties.

Alcohol and speed were contributing factors to the wreck, Finch said.

Mata was charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving, troopers said. The posted speed limit in that area is 55 mph.

The East Nash Volunteer Fire Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the crash. Fire officials said after the driver struck the utility pole, the impact caused power outages to the area. Crews also assisted Wilson Energy by securing a safe place for linemen to work, fire officials said.

Estimated damage to the utility pole was $5,000, troopers said.

Finch said it’s vital to never drink and drive.

“You are putting yourself and others in jeopardy,” he said.

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