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Man charged with DWI, drug possession after hitting power pole


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police have charged a man with drunk driving and drug possession after they say he hit a power pole last night.

It happened around 7:20 p.m. in the 300 block of North College Road near Corning.

Police say a witness told them Jason Alan Mathena, 28, had been driving erratically and hit the pole on the side of the road. When officers reached Mathena, they suspected he was impaired by drugs.

Officer say there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from Mathena's car. Police searched the car and found a large amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and Valium.

Mathena is in the New Hanover County Jail under a $6,000 secured bond. He is charged with felony possession of marijuana, driving without an operators license, possession of schedule IV and driving while impaired.

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