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Officer involved in two crashes releases medical info


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington Police officer is still on administrative leave after not one but two car accidents last week, including one while she was on duty.

It looks like a medical problem led to the single-car crashes involving Ofc. Adrienne Dillon, and tonight the city is releasing more information with Ofc. Dillon's permission.

Investigators say Thursday Dillon went off the road in her unmarked cruiser on Market Street in Porters Neck, hit a bench and knocked it into a business's window, then drove to a nearby drugstore.

Two nights later she went off the road in her personal car.

Highway Patrol says she was not texting, nor was Dillon impaired.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says Dillon had been on medical leave and recently returned to work. Talbert says Dillon blacked out because of a problem with complications from a previous medical condition while driving Thursday. WPD immediately put Dillon on leave, and the officer received medical attention and was assured by paramedics that her issue was a one-time thing.

Saturday it happened again.

Officer Dillon gave the city permission to release this usually private medical information, Talbert said, because she wanted to clear her name.

Troopers have charged Dillon with failure to maintain control within a single lane and leaving the scene of an accident for Thursday's crash and failure to maintain control within a single lane for Saturday's accident.

Dillon, 34, has been employed by the Wilmington Police Department since 2003. She has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division since 2009.

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What federal job did you

What federal job did you obtain after being a fort hood cop? Did you receive that job after you complained about not being taken care of by Obama. Look ,you did a good job in your active shooter situation which you were trained for, but that does not give you a free pass to try and discredit those of us who disagree with your personal bias concerning your friend.


Amazing!!! You have no clue as to who she is ir anything about her. She has never had these issues on duty so if you have a heart attack behind the wheel and black out and wreck, I should chastise you for not predicting your accident??? Give this officer a break!!! This is not news worthy nor worthy of this insubordinate and disrespectful group of judgmental citizens!!! Thanks to those who do actually support public service but shame in you for those who don't. Again, Adrienne, praying for you. God Bless you and you have more support than you think. -Kim M


I was surprised to see your earlier comment where you opined that the citizens shouldn't be able to voice their thoughts. Now I am astonished that you would use the term "insubordinate" to describe those commenting here. "Insubordinant: Defiant of authority; Disobedient." Your comments speak volumes about your mentality regarding the citizenry. I followed your story when you became our hometown hero. Your actions were honorable and worthy of recognition. But your statements here smack of elitism and lead me to believe you are now full of yourself and your hired position.

That said, I am glad to know that the officer in question was not injured. I'm relieved that she isn't a drug adict or DUI offender. However, I do wonder what your first judgement would be if you were the responding officer to a similar indident NOT involving a cop? Please share with us your standard protocol when responding to a private citizen that blacked out while driving, damaged property, and left the scene. Much less twice in the span of several days?

Not a coward ---- JESSICA FOY

Full of myself....not even close...dedicated to not judging, yes

Anyone who knows me knows I am not full of myself and alike, anyone who knows me knows I support LEOS, military, and all public service employees who are instantly thrown under the bus without being provided the detailed facts of the situation. Speculation is detrimental to reputation in this community especially. Do I know her and her credible reputation, yes. Do I know her previous fight with a fatal disease yes, and I commend her greatly for surviving and kicking it's a@@ and getting back to doing what she does such a great job at in law enforcement. If she were military, EMS, or any other public service employee, I'd do the same. I stand for those who cannot stand for themselves and she can't even tell her story in fear of retaliation from her department. Instead of judging, why can't you all just pray for her health and be thankful no one was hurt. Why are you all so quick to think any time a public servant gets put in the news, they are crooked, abusive of power, and corrupt? If I am judge as "full of myself", well, hell, that's not a big surprise considering all the judgmental citizens in this forum. I don't "pat myself on the back"! I commend those who fight through obstacles and are successful at the speed bumps life throws at you. This isn't about me or my job (which I got after fighting for two years to find one), this is about the officer who's reputation is now at risk because people automatically assume LEOs are superheroes and inhuman to mistakes, split-second decisions to protect those who do not respect the danger of serving in the military, law enforcement, EMS, etc. Yes it's so obvious there is corrupt ones out there. 1% of all agencies, companies, etc have a corruption rate but that doesn't mean all of them are. This officer is one I can honestly say is a tough cookie, very loving mom and wife, and stronger than most men out there. So when all the facts come out, I really hope she gets an apology from all of you who were so quick to discredit her. Oh and any EMS, Paramedics, Nurses, or Doctors who want to chime in and tell how it's possible and common to be a victim in a sudden onset medical emergency and not know which way is up or down, would be appreciated. As for the prior state LEO, I'm done giving you my time. Let's meet for coffee have a professional conversation if you'd like. I actually teach a lot of you guys and have a few conferences coming up. Would love to know about your service.

Kim M, just curious as to

Kim M, just curious as to your motivation in this case of citizens expressing themselves on a public forum about an officer's fitness for duty. Leaving the scene of an accident is an infraction which should have been charged. The resolution should be correctly left in the hands of the court. How dare YOU refer to citizens and taxpayers as INSUBORDINATE?

Just as you do, I pray for this officer's return to good health and duty in her chosen profession.

Yes dear, I pay them as well

Citizens do have rights to know about their safety by public servants. You're right. But they don't have the right to judge before the facts are all presented. Case in point, this officer's reputation no matter if she isn't found in willful disregard has been ruined because of people being able to "throw stones" before knowing the true facts. That is why I pray hard for her family because she has already had many obstacles she has overcome that most wouldn't have the will-power to attempt to succeed at. I honestly wish the news stations would not allow comments at all. Voice your concern on your own social media pages. -K

You mean we shouldn't jump

You mean we shouldn't jump to conclusions, kind of like the media did when they branded you THE ONE that took down the Ft Hood shooter. Yep, they should have waited too. Looks like your friend Sgt Todd actually took him down, but you were put on a pedestal because of your injuries sustained in the incident. No one saw you on the news or social media trying to set THAT record straight.

And BTW...what happened to this thought process you shared just a few months ago here on this very news site's public comment forum that you don't want us common folk to participate in - "Words from the source.... Submitted by Kim Munley (not verified) on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 11:34pm. Let it be known this much: You will NEVER hear the self-recognition of being a hero come out of my mouth. NEVER! I have never considered myself a hero, and I never will...."

Flaunting your scenario to the state LEO commenter, then declaring yourself better because you were paid by the Army CIVILIAN police department is just plain pathetic. Get over yourself. You may call others "fools" on here but, you my dear, are the ONLY one making a fool of themselves in this forum. It sounds like you and your old partner Appler should team up for a BOGO anger management therapy discount.

Go back and find all interviews I have ever had.

Please go back and find any interview I have ever had where I self-proclaimed me to be a hero. I have always regarded Sgt. Todd with the up most respect for his role that day. Yes only one of my bullets struck him and Sgt. Todd struck him three times but I never said I took him down. Fact check before quoting me. And whoever you are his so-called knows me so well and my former partner Appler is obviously Had a few run-ins with the law yourself. Or you would not be making such comments. Very unchristian like of you to lie And put words in my mouth that were never said. But spend your time praying for this officer and for other officers I happen to be injured in line of duty instead of criticizing them for their job

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is judging now? My only crime is that I'm a citizen that dared to say anything you didn't agree with. (Lucky for me, because some of ya'll are known to beat people for no good reason.) Merely juxtaposing your two different attitudes about yourself - one stating you don't feel you're a hero and the one displayed in this thread "I wasn't an MP either fool! Submitted by Fishes (not verified) on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 6:40pm. You and your "state officer" BS!!! Got you topped buddy! Federal here so keep running your idiotic mouth!!! SGT Munley here and google that!!!" AND "BTW Submitted by And BTW (not verified) on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 11:17pm. And one more thing...I was on "top of my game" and got shot 3 times by a terrorist..."

As for your buddy Appler who was taking any media attention he could get after Ft Hood... here is what he's been up to and (Over zealousness at best in both incidents. Charges DROPPED in both incidents.)

You are obviously a loyal

You are obviously a loyal friend and that is great. But if the story is now that she had a heart attack I feel for her. But then once again why or how did she drive away after the accident for 1/2 mile? Then why would she get behind the wheel again two days later. This is not good judgement on her part especially considering her line of work. We do not have to know somebody personally to be able to try and figure out what happened. She works for a government agency and was on duty while it happened one time. My goodness if she flipped burgers we would not even be hearing about this.