Sheriff’s deputy injured in wreck; Driver charged with DWI

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy was injured in a wreck when an impaired driver ran into his vehicle.


Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said deputy Jeremy Borowski “placed himself in harm’s way” to protect other drivers on the road from the impaired driver, who was later arrested. 

Stanley said around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, the county’s 911 center received several calls about a reckless driver traveling east in the westbound lane on U.S. 74-76 in Leland.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies Jeremy Borowski and Jeremy Ferguson responded to the area, where they identified the vehicle, a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria driven by William Earl Williamson.

Both deputies used their emergency lights and sirens to attempt to stop Williamson. Borowski then positioned his vehicle in the highway to attempt to stop Williamson’s vehicle, and Williamson struck Borowski’s vehicle on the driver’s side of the vehicle, while traveling at a high rate of speed, Stanley said.

Borowski was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he was treated and released without serious injury.

Williamson, 58, of 852 Village Road, Leland, was arrested and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed on a $80,000 secured bond.

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Williamson with driving while impaired and reckless driving.

Detectives Justin Stadler and Tate Bond charged Williamson with additional charges, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and injury to personal property.