Student crashes, charged with DWI

April 27, 2008 11:43:13 AM PDT
A Duke University student faces serious charges after a horrific crash in Durham County Saturday morning.

Police say it's amazing he walked away with only a few bumps and bruises.

Neighbors say they can't believe the driver, 22-year-old Thomas O'Conner, suffered only minor injuries. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree.

Durham authorities say O'Conner was drunk and driving 80 miles an hour along Buchanan Street where the posted speed limit is 30.

"It sounded like a big truck went by and dropped something," Sarah Harden, Buchanan Street resident, said. "So i looked out my bedroom window."

O'Conner is charged with DWI and was treated then released from the hospital.