NORTH CAROLINA: Highway Patrol reports Trooper D. R. Hudson was hit by DUI driver Patricia Cortes and hurled across a roadway



DURHAM, N.C.  — A North Carolina state trooper was hit by a car and “hurled” onto a highway in a DWI crash late Friday night in Durham, officials said.

The incident was reported just after 11:45 p.m. along U.S. 15-501 near Weymouth Street in Durham, according to a news release from Sgt. Marcus Bethea of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Trooper D. R. Hudson had already stopped a car on the side of U.S. 15-501, which is a divided four-lane highway in that section.


Date Confined Date Charged Date Released Statute Description Bond Type Bond Amount Court Docket Days In Jail/Charge
8/26/2022 8/26/2022 [incarcerated] DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED SECURED $0.00 22CR275520 30
8/26/2022 8/26/2022 [incarcerated] FEL SERIOUS INJURY BY VEHICLE SECURED $0.00 22CR275520 30
8/26/2022 8/26/2022 [incarcerated] FEL SERIOUS INJURY BY VEHICLE SECURED $0.00 22CR275520 30
8/26/2022 8/26/2022 [incarcerated] FELONY DEATH BY VEHICLE SECURED $1,000,000.00 22CR279143 30
8/26/2022 8/26/2022 [incarcerated] NO OPERATORS LICENSE SECURED $0.00 22CR275520 30
8/26/2022 8/26/2022 [incarcerated] RECKLESS DRIVING TO ENDANGER SECURED $0.00 22CR275520 30
8/26/2022 8/26/2022 [incarcerated] UNLAWFUL USE OF HIGHWAYS SECURED $0.00 22CR275520 30

Champion racer and father Chris Beazley killed in interstate crash


MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — The Virginia go-kart community lost a leader, a wife lost her husband. and three children lost their father in a head-on collision on Interstate 85 in Durham, North Carolina.

Christopher Beazley, 43, died on August 26, 2022, from injuries he suffered in the August 14 crash.

Beazley, his wife Elaine, daughter six-year-old Ella, and a teenage friend of the family were driving home from a go-kart event in South Carolina when police said a drunk driver crashed head-on into the family’s truck.

The driver arrested for the crash that killed Chris Beazley was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no operator’s license, careless and reckless driving, and unlawful use of highways.

Brayan Josue Amador-Alonso, 24, was jailed with a $1 million bond. MORE