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Thursday, May 23, 2024

WPD officer on leave following DWI, striking pedestrian

Wilmington Police Department is conducting an internal investigation while NC SBI investigates officer Darryl Gregory Warren for being charged following a vehicle collision. (Port City Daily photo/file)

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington Police Department officer is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

Darryl Gregory Warren, 39, was arrested in New Hanover County on Tuesday just before 12:30 p.m., following a vehicle collision. He was off duty at the time.

WPD Lt. Greg Willett said WPD officers responded to the call at the 5300 block of Gingerwood Drive.

“Once we figured out what was going on with [WPD] involvement, we notified highway patrol to avoid any potential conflict or anything like that,” he said.

Warren was driving a 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck south on Gingerwood Drive. When attempting to make a U-turn, Warren ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a pedestrian and a parked vehicle, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Marcus Bethea.

“The driver and pedestrian were known to each other, and the pedestrian was previously a passenger in the Toyota pickup truck before exiting the vehicle to walk on foot,” Bethea wrote to PCD in an email.

The pedestrian was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Further investigation indicated impairment was a factor in Warren’s actions, according to Bethea. After Warren was transported to the New Hanover County Detention Center, he submitted to a breath analysis, which registered 0.10 blood alcohol level.

Willett said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter and WPD is also conducting an internal investigation. Until both are concluded, Warren will remain on leave.


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