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WPD suspends officer after on-duty crash


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington Police officer is on administrative leave after investigators say she was involved in a traffic crash on duty. The same officer was involved in a second crash over the weekend.

WPD says On Thursday evening Ofc. Adrienne Dillon was driving an unmarked vehicle in the 8000 block of Market Street when her car left the road and hit a bench in front of a building, pushing it into the building and breaking a plate glass window. After the crash investigators say Dillon drove about a half mile from the crash scene and pulled over into the parking lot of a drugstore.

WPD says it put Dillon on administrative leave immediately pending the outcome of an investigation conducted by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The Wilmington Police Department is doing its own review to determine whether there were any internal policy violations or any reason for further action to be taken.

Saturday evening, WPD says Dillon was involved in an off-duty single-car crash while driving her personal vehicle in New Hanover County. The North Carolina Highway Patrol also investigated that crash.

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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