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Teen steals, wrecks patrol car

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A Leland teen is facing multiple charges, including stealing and wrecking two cars, one of which was a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

Seventeen-year-old Dustin Matthew Jordan, of 1350 Colon Mintz Road, has been charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony hit and run, failure to stop, no operator’s license, reckless driving to endanger, failure to report and accident, driving while impaired, drive after consuming being less than 21 years old and two counts of felony serious injury by a vehicle.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said a sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Officer responded to assist the N.C. State Highway Patrol early Sunday morning.

The K-9 officer arrived to track Jordan who wrecked a vehicle, causing several injuries, he said.

While the K-9 officer was tracking the suspect in the woods, Jordan “doubled back,” avoiding the officer and the K-9 and stole the officer’s patrol vehicle, Miller said.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said the officer thought he locked his patrol vehicle with the vehicle’s remote.

According to a Highway Patrol report, Jordan was driving the stolen patrol car west on U.S. 74 “at a high rate of speed,” when he attempted to make a right turn into a public driveway.

Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, Jordan drove the patrol car into a ditch, damaging the car, before driving out of the ditch and into another ditch, the report states.

After Jordan wrecked the patrol vehicle, he stole a Dodge Durango from someone who stopped to assist the wrecked patrol car, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

State troopers chased Jordan into Columbus County, where he wrecked the vehicle and was taken into custody.