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Second DWI checkpoint suspect released from hospital, arrested

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By Renee Sloan, Page Designer/Staff Writer

Antoine Levar Graham, the second suspect in the June 14 vehicle checkpoint incident in Leland, has been released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He has been arrested and is now in the Brunswick County Detention Center. He is being held on a $1,021,000 bond.

Graham's charges include 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, Fleeing/Eluding arrest with motor vehicle, felony conspiracy (flee to elude), possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Graham was also charged yesterday with assault on a female for an incident that occurred in New Hanover County on June 16, 2013, and sell/deliver heroin, and possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin for an incident that occurred in Brunswick County on February 22, 2013.

Graham, 34, of Leland, and Jerry Onasis Melvin, 42, also of Leland, fled a DWI checkpoint and allegedly attempted to run over several law enforcement officers. The officers fired on Graham and Melvin, and both men received multiple gunshot wounds and were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Melvin was treated and released from the New Hanover Regional Medical Center last week. He was arrested and charged with eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one count of felony conspiracy (for a speeding to elude charge).

Graham made his first appearance in court Tuesday. His court-appointed attorney is Adrian Iapalucci.

Melvin made his first appearance in court on June 17. According to the district attorney’s office, Ed Geddings has been assigned as his court-appointed attorney, and the case has been continued until July 8.