WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a man they say nearly plowed into downtown pedestrians after crashing into a street sign earlier this month.
Police are looking for Elgin Levar Brown, 31, for hit/run leaving the scene with property damage, reckless driving to endanger the public, and operating a motor vehicle on the sidewalk.
Witnesses told WPD that around 2 a.m. on September 2 Brown, driving a gray Honda Accord, was driving north on Front Street when he ran off the road and hit the Cape Fear Historic Byway street sign for Front and Ann Streets.
Following the crash, witnesses told officers they saw the car dragging the sign and driving on the sidewalk for one block. The pedestrians on the sidewalk jumped into nearby bushes to avoid being hit, according to WPD.
The car then reportedly turned right onto Dock Street and continued east bound. Once in the 200 block of Dock Street, a witness took a photo of Brown’s car and saw him removing car parts and dislodging the signs from underneath his car. The sign was later stolen by an unknown person, a witness told WPD. Police are working to get footage of the theft.
Anyone with information is ask to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.