Driver faces DWI charges after 2 die in crash at NC coast, officials say


SURF CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – The driver who was seriously injured in a crash that left two people dead in Surf City Sunday night has been charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle after police said he was driving under the influence.

In addition to the felony charges, James C. Thomason, 23, of Topsail Beach was also charged with a DWI, having an open container, improper passing, being careless and reckless, driving left of center and speeding.

The Surf City Police Department, along with the Surf City Fire Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol, responded to 1600 block of North New River Drive around 10:30 p.m. in reference to a traffic crash with injuries.

Witnesses told officers that a southbound vehicle being driven at a high rate of speed collided with a second vehicle also traveling southbound.

The second vehicle then left the roadway, overturned and caught fire.

The driver of the first vehicle was identified by officials as James Thomason.

According to officials, Thomason sustained serious injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Thomason is being held under a $100,000 bond with his next court date Tuesday in Pender County court. 

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