Monday, April 22, 2024

Man who drove into Cape Fear River charged with DWI

WILMINGTON — The man who submerged his car in the Cape Fear River Tuesday night was allegedly drunk driving.

Terrance Ladell Jones, 42, was charged with a DWI, failure to maintain lane control, and careless and reckless driving, according to a Wilmington Police Department news release.

WPD reported to a call around 6:30 p.m. that Jones and his car were in the river at Water and Ann Street. The driver was hanging onto the pilings of the river at the time of the call. The area was blocked off as Wilmington Fire Department safely pulled Jones from the river. He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to WPD, the same car had eluded police earlier in the evening.

The investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.

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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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