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Woman found dead who was charged with hitting Highway Patrol officer's car with her vehicle

Posted January 29, 2020 5:46 p.m. EST

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— A woman who was involved in an incident last year where law enforcement said she rammed her vehicle into the car of a NC State Highway Patrol officer was found dead on Tuesday.

Wilson's Mills Police said they responded to a call for medical assistance at 130 Stone Ridge Dr. for an unconscious woman. They arrived shortly after 6 p.m. and found Patricia Joan Erwin, 58. She was pronounced dead by Johnston County EMS and confirmed by Medical Examiner David Rudisill, Wilson's Mills Chief of Police AZ Williams said in an email.

The investigation is ongoing and autopsy/toxicology results are pending. Erwin was scheduled for court this week after her August 2019 Wake County arrest.

Officials with the Wake County Sheriff's Office said the incident started as a domestic dispute. A Highway Patrol trooper was called in to assist, and when he arrived, he saw the woman hitting a home and the deck in back multiple times with a vehicle, authorities said.

The trooper tried to stop the woman before she crashed into the trooper's car, authorities said. She then crashed into a nearby ditch. Officials said it took several minutes to remove her because she was armed and threatened to harm herself.

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