Driver crashes into DWI checkpoint

A man crashed into a sobriety checkpoint early Sunday morning in Newton.

Police say a man driving a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro crashed into a mobile breath-alcohol testing unit, or BATMobile, about 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning in Newton.

The crash sent the driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was hurt in the accident.

Investigators believe that alcohol contributed to the wreck.

Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough said authorities were shutting down a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of U.S. 321 and 9th Street in Newton when Douglas Shane Southard, 21, of Hickory, crashed into the rear of the BATMobile bus.

Authorities think Southard’s Camaro was traveling 30-40 mph when he failed to stop at the BATMobile that was still operative and flashing, Yarborough said.

Southard was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries on Sunday. No one else was injured.

There were seven to eight people inside the BATMobile at the time of the accident, Yarborough said.

Yarborough said charges are pending in relation to the accident.