WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department has placed an officer on administrative leave after a couple traffic accidents last week. The officer says the accidents happened as a result of a medical condition.
The first incident happened last Thursday in an unmarked vehicle in the 8000 block of Market Street, according to a news release. A police spokesperson says Officer Adrienne Dillon's car left the road, hit a bench and crashed into a plate glass window in a building. The release states Officer Dillon drove about a half mile from the crash scene and eventually pulled over in the parking lot of a drug store nearby. Dillon was on duty at the time.
The Highway Patrol charged Dillon, 34, with failure to maintain control within a single lane and leaving the scene of an accident. WPD is also reviewing the case to check if any internal policy violations occurred.
Two days later, Dillon was involved in a single vehicle accident in her own vehicle while off duty. The Highway Patrol also investigated that crash and charged Dillon with failure to maintain control within a single lane.
Officer Dillon said Tuesday through Malissa Talbert that she suffered a blackout Thursday while driving which led to the accident. She went to a doctor the next day, who told her the blackout was a complication of a previous medical condition. She said the doctor explained the blackouts would be a very rare occurrence.
The same thing, however, happened again during Saturday's accident. Dillon said she blacked out again while driving, causing the accident.
Dillon has been with the police department for a decade. She's been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division since 2009.
First Sgt. Jeff Gordon with the Highway Patrol confirms that troopers from the local office have sent a
letter to the DMV asking that the officer be reexamined by the DMV to determine whether or not Dillon is qualified to operate a vehicle.
The decision to test her will be up
to the Commissioner of the DMV.