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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An early morning domestic call resulted in a police chase, and then ended with a crash on Blue Clay Road Monday.

Wilmington Police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the 600 Block of N. 10th Street, but found no one there.

An officer spotted Alfonso Bethea, 40, of Castle Hayne, who matched the description, driving on N. 23rd Street.

Authorities say Bethea likely fled the scene because he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Police chased Bethea for about a minute, until a supervisor with the Wilmington Police Department terminated the chase.

Bethea then drove outside of Wilmington city limits, and about two minutes after police disengaged from the pursuit, 911 radioed a report of a wreck on Blue Clay Road.

Highway Patrol took over at the scene of the wreck, where Trooper Andrew Smith says Bethea ran off the road and hit a pole, then sideswiping a telephone pole, finally ending in a ditch.

Troopers believe Bethea may have been ejected from the vehicle, because police found him tangled up in some brush near the ditch.

Police took Bethea into custody at the scene of the crash, before transporting him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center just after 5 a.m. for minor injuries.

Highway Patrol charged Bethea with careless and reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, and a seat belt violation.

Bethea already has outstanding warrants for a failure to appear, assault on a female, and will now face numerous other charges.


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