Man charged with DWI after crashing into WPD vehicle

WPD officer rear-ended while investigating crash on Carolina Beach Road

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A person was taken into custody after crashing into a Wilmington police car Wednesday night.

According to Wilmington Police Department spokesperson Jessica Williams, an officer was sitting in her car after responding to an accident in the 3700 block of Carolina Beach Road just before 9 p.m.

A pickup truck driven by Eric Atwood then struck the police vehicle from behind. The officer was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Atwood, 38, who also was taken to the hospital, has been charged with DWI, careless and reckless driving, carrying a concealed weapon after consuming alcohol, and failure to reduce speed.

Officials have not released the extent of the officer’s injuries.

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