A state trooper and another man were seriously injured in a collision Sunday night on N.C. 115 near the Broadway Fire Department and Damascus Church Road, according to Sgt. J.S. Swagger of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Trooper J.G. Barnes, 31, driver of a marked Dodge Charger patrol vehicle, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He sustained shoulder, ankle and leg fractures. Those close to Barnes said he underwent surgery Monday.

Luis Castillo, 37, of North Wilkesboro, driver of a 2005 Buick Lacrosse sedan, was also transported to Baptist by Wilkes EMS for treatment of serious injuries, Swagger said.

At 10:12 p.m., Barnes was traveling south when Castillo went left of center, hitting the trooper head-on, Swagger said.

Both Barnes and Castillo were trapped in the wreckage of their vehicles. They were removed by Wilkes Rescue Squad personnel, along with personnel from the Broadway and North Wilkesboro fires departments, Sgt. R.K. Aldridge said.

Castillo was charged with driving while impaired, Swagger said. According to N.C. Department of Corrections records, Castillo has four prior convictions for DWI. 

Barnes is a 5-year veteran of the N.C. Highway Patrol assigned to Troop F, District 2 in Wilkes County. 

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Four prior DWIs.. why wasn't he in prison? It's time for the courts to take DWI seriously.

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