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Single-car wreck sparks brush fire in Wilson County

Posted July 4, 2010 3:50 p.m. EDT

— A woman ran off the road in Wilson County Sunday afternoon, hitting a utility pole and sparking a small brush fire, according to Trooper Brandon Johnson of the state Highway Patrol.

Stephanie Roberson, 40, of Elm City, was traveling eastbound on Stagecoach Road just after 1 p.m. when her 1997 Chevy Lumina went off the road to the right. Roberson overcorrected, crossed the center line and wrecked on the left shoulder, Johnson said.

When Roberson's car hit a power pole, it sparked, igniting some bushes. Troopers were able to put out the fire with extinguishers. A few nearby homes were briefly without power, Johnson said.

Roberson was taken to East Carolina Medical Center. She faces charges of DWI and lane control violation.