Driver charged with 4th DWI after Saturday morning crash

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Submitted: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:28pm
Updated: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:14pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a Burgaw man has been charged with his fourth DWI after a traffic crash Saturday morning in Wilmington.

WPD spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay says officers responded to the 3700 block of Oleander Drive at 9:40 a.m. for a crash. Lindsay says Sebastian Salazar Martinez, 40, tried to leave the scene, but he was highly intoxicated and was held by citizens in the area.

Police charged Martinez with DWI, a red light violation and driving while license revoked. He is in jail under $5,000 bond.


  • RealityBites says:

    You did. Once in a while, it’s a good idea to stop trolling, uncrack the blinds a tiny bit and peek outside. If you had, you would have known that by now.

  • wilm city here says:

    who owns the car he been driving.

  • portcity says:

    I saw this week take place and passed by the bicyclist that died on scene about a half a mile north on oleander. There is no excuse for the drunk driver but this part of Oleander is dangerous after dark. I live near there and it is hard to see people crossing streets or riding lights because of poor lighting. I drive this road mostly at night and there have been many times were I could have easily ran over a bicyclist or someone crossing street. Granted this man should not have been drunk or the man on bicycle shouldn’t have been riding down middle of oleander at midnight. It is a dangerous highly traveled road. More street lights should be placed,lowered, crosswalks, and bike lanes should be installed or they should lower speed limit/ monitor speed more. Please pay attention if driving down oleander from Hugh McRae park to military at night.

  • richc says:

    2 different accidents, one was by Independence Mall.

  • guesty says:

    Another POS criminal that doesn’t care about anybody else. Just put a .45 in his head and be done with him.

  • I Care Why says:

    First, It happened during the day in the morning hours, Second and third, why is it his fourth dwi and only a 5000 bond? He must be related to the judge.

  • Guest2020 says:

    We need to have some legislators in Raleigh who are willing to make the DWI laws tougher in NC.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    …getting behind the wheel of another car. Amputate both hands and he’ll stop! Better yet, send him back to Mexico where he LEGALLY belongs. Put him back on their roads.

  • portcity1984 says:

    Thought it was PM. A motorcycle got hit on oleander about 930 Sat. Night and bicyclist at midnight. Passed by both scenes before first responders were on scene. Wasn’t pretty…

  • trash says:

    The judges and attorneys need to be held accountable for someone like this. The judge for not giving enough time and the attorneys for defending people to the point they are not accountable. Sure they are doing their jobs, but at some point they need to step back and say enough. When a drunk driver kills someone, they need to look at the judge and lawyer and say, “You let this man/ woman walk”. In my opinion, they are just as guilty and should also be charged with man slaughter.
    The system is failing. Don’t say it needs to be fixed. Do It!

  • Guest2020 says:

    The legislators in Raleigh are to blame for the ridiculous punishments for DWI. The judge can only sentence according to the law.

    The attorneys have to be involved because every citizen has the right to have an attorney for criminal cases. The attorneys have to do everything within their abilities to achieve the best outcome possible for their clients. Anything less is unethical and punishable by the NC Bar Association.

  • Milton Asby says:

    We need more of this to grow the economy! Think of all the jobs this one 3rd world criminal is creating, tow truck driver, body shop, police, jail staff, attorney, court staff. 30 million more and we will finally have a strong economy!

  • Guest7969 says:

    FIRST time it happens, you need to have your car seized and sold for cash to go to schools…PERIOD, do not pass go!

  • guesty says:

    caught in the wway time warp.

  • guesty says:

    …your boyfriend/girlfriend has borrowed your car and is busted. Why should you be punished for what somebody else has done?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    brand ILLEGAL on his forehead so it’s not quite as easy to return.

    There was a recent arrest in Goldsboro of an illegal who had been deported 14 times only to slip back across the border.

    Make the illegals more visible so it’s easier to capture and return them to their nation of origin.

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