Julia Fritschel, 21, faces DWI and felony serious injury charges.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Fritschel went the wrong way down I-40 around 6 a.m. near Jones Sausage Road Sunday morning and collided head-on with a PT Cruiser driven by 41-year-old Chandra Green.
Green's car burst into flames and it was thanks to the efforts of a North Carolina National Guardsman and two deputies that she was pulled from the car alive.
She was taken to WakeMed with serious injuries.
It's the second time this year that Fritschel has been charged with DWI.
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