A MAN is facing serious driving charges after he allegedly crashed into a brick wall whilst drunk, badly injuring a backseat passenger.
Newcastle crash investigation unit officers charged the Cooranbong man, 45, on Saturday with aggravated dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.
They will allege the man had a high-range concentration of alcohol in his system when his car left Glebe Road at Adamstown in the early hours of October 5 and crashed into the brick wall.
The car had several passengers, including a young man in the back seat who had to be cut from the wreckage.
He was taken to John Hunter Hospital with serious head injuries and is still recovering.
The accident, which occurred about 3.30am, caused widespread angst throughout inner-city Newcastle as traffic snarls continued throughout the morning while police investigated the crash scene.
The man is due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on January 19.