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Traffic was backed up for more than a half an hour as Newton Police Department investigated an accident that occurred at the intersection of N.C. 10 and Sigmon Dairy Road. Newton Police reported that Thomas Melvin Peeler Jr., 56 of Newton was charged with a DWI and failure to yield when he turned in front of Steven George Lutz, 58 of Hickory. Lutz hit Peeler going 45 mph, spinning his Ford F-250 into a road sign and back on to the road. Lutz was transported to CVMC by Catawba County EMS. Both drivers had minor injuries.