Wednesday, October 4, 2023

18-year-old arrested for drunken driving after sideswiping cop car

WILMINGTON — An 18-year-old was charged with drunken driving early Saturday after he reportedly sideswiped a police car on Market Street. Police said open containers were uncovered in the driver’s vehicle after he was stopped.

According to a Wilmington Police Department news release, the officer was parked in the 900 block of the street when Gino Macias struck the patrol vehicle from behind. Macias was pulled over and searched in the 1000 block of Market Street.

Macias was arrested for DWI and issued an $800 unsecured bond.

State Highway Patrol is working on the investigation and handling other charges.

The officer was unharmed, WPD reported.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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