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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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