Summerville woman charged with felony DUI, passenger hospitalized


A Summerville woman is accused of driving under the influence, and causing a wreck that left one person hospitalized Wednesday morning.

Kourtnie Burge, 22, of Three Wood Lane, was arrested and charged with felony DUI after the car she was driving ran off of Interstate 26, entered a curve near the overpass at Bennett Yard, hit a retaining wall and flipped before coming to a stop on Louise Drive in North Charleston about 3 a.m., Charleston County Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.

An S.C. Highway Patrol trooper spotted the vehicle driving at least 100 mph on I-26. Brady said the trooper attempted to catch up to the vehicle, but lost sight twice before the wreck occurred.

When authorities arrived at the crash site, one person was outside the car, which was on fire, and another was trapped inside, Brady said.

Paramedics transported the passenger, 27-year-old Nathan James O’Bryon, of Huntingdon, Pa., to Medical University Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, Brady said. He suffered from burns on his lower body, according to an incident report.

At a bond hearing Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Linda Lombard said O’Bryon was still unresponsive at the hospital.

The judge set Burge’s bond at $100,000. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the wreck, Brady said.

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