WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man has been convicted for causing an accident while driving impaired and critically injuring a woman.
34-year-old Armien Fleming received the maximum sentence of five years in prison.
According to the Wilmington Police Department, Oct. 20, 2007, Fleming was driving about 60 mph on Market Street. He lost control of his Dodge Durango when he tried to merge into the left lane to pass another car and crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with another car.
Fleming's vehicle hit and seriously injured 23-year old Felisha Somers, who was driving a Honda Civic.
Somers' Civic was destroyed in the accident and she had to be taken out of the car with the jaws of life.
According to witnesses, Somers worked in the emergency room at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and was on her way home from work the morning of the accident.
Doctors testified in court that Somers was critically injured from the neck down and has rods inside her body.
Fleming was convicted on several charges including driving with a revoked license, driving while impaired, and reckless driving to endanger.
Fleming was driving the pickup of a friend, Marc Selvitelle, of Wilmington, who was charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to operate his vehicle.
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