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Driver calls 911 after passenger in other car holds up sign asking for help

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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Duplin County man faces several charges after deputies say he stole his girlfriend's car and assaulted her inside.

Onslow County deputies say around 7 a.m. on Sunday, a driver on Highway 111 called to report a female in another vehicle holding up a sign to call 911.

The driver continued to follow the vehicle while giving information to a 911 dispatcher.

Duplin County deputies say they stopped the vehicle driven by 19-year-old Wallace man Tregan Hankins.

Onslow County deputies investigated, and found that the female victim and Hankins were involved in a domestic dispute at her home, where Hankins took her car keys. The victim then jumped into her vehicle before Hankins drove away.

That's when victim held up a sign to passing drivers, asking for some one to dial 911. Deputies say Hankins stopped the vehicle, assaulted the victim, and destroyed her cell phone.

The victim suffered minor injuries during the assault.

Tregan Hankins is charged with Motor Vehicle Theft, Assault on a Female, Felonious Restraint, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, and No Operators License. He is in the Onslow County Jail under $30,500 secured bond.

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