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Driver arrested for fleeing the scene following deputy-involved accident

Drew Elena Wilkins, 24, was arrested Tuesday for a slew of charges after fleeing the scene of an accident involving a Pender County Sheriff’s Office deputy. (Courtesy)

PENDER COUNTY — A Jacksonville woman was arrested Tuesday, following a vehicle chase with an officer of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office last week that ended in a crash.

Following an investigation of the accident, Drew Elena Wilkins, 24, is being charged with felony fleeing to allude arrest with motor vehicle, resisting public officer, reckless driving, failure to heed light or siren, speeding, and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

On Apr. 24, a Pender County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to pull over a white BMW speeding and driving erratically, a little after 10 p.m.

The driver, headed south on U.S. Highway 17 near Scotts Hill, would not pull over for sirens or blue lights. Following a chase on I-140 to exit 421, both the suspect vehicle and deputy cruiser drove off the road.

The sheriff’s office believes the driver collided with a street sign and vacated the scene. The officer’s vehicle rolled down the embankment, and he was sent to the hospital but released later that same night.

Wilkins is being held under a $6,000.00 secured bond.


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