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Crash spilling live chickens on highway ends in DWI charge

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ZEBULON — Authorities say a driver on U.S. Highway 64 had been using drugs before he crashed into the back of a trailer that reportedly was carrying crates of live chickens last week.

The trailer overturned and sent the crates cascading into the median of the highway, according to WRAL, which reported that several live chickens escaped and had to be rounded up by first responders.

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 near the intersection with U.S. Highway 264 near Zebulon.

According to a N.C. Highway Patrol crash report, Daniel Christopher Vick was driving a 2007 Toyota passenger car west on U.S. 64.

Vick, driving in the right land, changed lanes to the left, but hit the back of a trailer towed by a 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Ellis Darrell Sinder, the report said. He was going the speed limit, but was driving in a reckless or aggressive manner, the report said.

Both vehicles ran off the road and into the guard wire. The trailer detached from the truck. WRAL reported dozens of chickens seemed to be hurt or killed in the crash.

Neither driver was injured and both were wearing seat belts, according to the crash report. Vick is said to have been impaired at the time of the crash and authorities suspect he was under the influence of drugs.

He was charged with DWI, driving while license was revoked and reckless driving. According to arrest records, Vick is 29 and lives on Lizard Lick Road in Wendell.