Want to ask a question? Click here

How many drinking and driving incidences can be linked to downtown Wilmington each year?

Brian Freskos

Wilmington Police Department Officers respond to reports of a incident involving several people as the bars in downtown Wilmington shut down around 2 a.m. Feb. 19, 2011. StarNews phot by Mike Spencer.

There’s no way to know for sure. Some drunken drivers make it home without crashing or being caught. And there is no easy way to tell whether a driver that is arrested did their indulging downtown.

But thanks to Wilmington Police Department analyst Barry Coburn, we do have some idea of how many drinkers get behind the wheel in that section of the city.

Wilmington defines “downtown” as the area sandwiched between Fifth Avenue and the Cape Fear River, and the Isabel Holmes Bridge and Castle Street. In that area between Jan. 1, 2011, and May 15, 2013, police made 105 arrests for driving while intoxicated, mostly in the bar-heavy blocks around Market and Second and Front streets, according to Coburn’s analysis.

Broken down by the year, the numbers look this:

In 2011, 53 arrests.

In 2012, 37 arrests.

And between Jan. 1 and May 15 of 2013, 15 arrests.


Do drunken drivers use River Road to avoid law enforcement?

Do you have the legal right to follow someone who is obviously drunk?


User-contributed question by:
Nicholas Cooper

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!

Bookmark and Share

Ask a question

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.

Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Your question:

Post a comment

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.

Your comment: