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Driver who wrecked into clubhouse receives 7-plus years for drug trafficking, impaired driving 

Jarrod Maurice Spencer (Courtesy NHCSO)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY  — A Wilmington man will spend up to 93 months in prison after driving into an apartment building while under the influence. 

Jarrod Maurice Spencer, 41, pled guilty to the eight charges against him in the New Hanover County Superior Court on March 1, 2024. He was charged with the following crimes:

  • Driving while impaired
  • Reckless driving to endanger
  • Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver a schedule II controlled substance
  • Two counts of tracking methamphetamine
  • Possession of a schedule VI controlled substance
  • Driving while license revoked
  • Resist/delay/obstruct public officers
  • Civil contempt

On Sunday March 14, 2021, police responded to a 911 call from 719 Galley Lane about a hit-and-run. Spencer had driven his Ford Taurus into the Shipyard Village Apartments clubhouse building then exited and fled in the direction of Carolina Beach Road. 

Officers arrived and after seeing the car had crashed through the front doors found Spencer in the bushes along Galley Lane, where multiple witnesses identified him. The officers’ search revealed Spencer was carrying methamphetamine and had marijuana in his car. 

A blood test conducted on Spencer at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center showed he was impaired by angel dust or phencyclidine. After his arrest, Spencer was given a $300,000 bond. 

He will serve 70 to 93 months in prison for his crimes and will pay the $50,000 fine for drug trafficking. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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