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Fayetteville Hit-And-Run Suspect In Custody After Leading Police On Chase

Posted December 19, 2003 6:16 a.m. EST

— Authorities are sorting out the details involving a police chase in Fayetteville.

Authorities say Gwendolyn Dixon hit another driver at the intersection of Skibo Road and Morganton Road and did not stop. An officer, who saw the collision, attempted to pull her over, but she kept going.

Police were able to box Dixon in, but she took out a hatchet and waved it at them.

"I just got back from Iraq, and it's crazier than some of the stuff I saw over there," witness Mike Boom said.

Witnesses said Dixon sped off, and officers shot out her tires. She went through traffic, sideswiping at least seven vehicles in one location.

"As I pulled off and got onto the other side of the road, here she comes," witness Ray Lugo said. "She hit the car next to me and, all of a sudden, the car just turned to the right, and she started shooting down this way."

Said Boom: "She was a lethal weapon on wheels, basically."

According to police, Dixon later came to a stop in the parking lot of Berean Baptist Academy, where she was taken into custody.

Nobody was hurt. Dixon faces multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.