23-YEAR-OLD MAN FACING ASSAULT CHARGES AFTER EARLY MORNING WRECK

A 23-year-old man is facing assault charges after Northport Police say he crashed into another vehicle early this morning while driving drunk and seriously injured another man.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard and 20th Street. The victim, a 63-year-old man, was transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham by helicopter, and is in serious condition.

Investigators said the driver, Zachary Thomas Shepherd, was arrested and has been charged with first-degree assault. He’s in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $30,000 bond. Police said other charges may be pending.

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