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WPD launches internal investigation after police vehicle apparently filmed doing 'donuts' during ice storm


A video posted on social media claims to show a Wilmington Police Department cruiser driving dangerously in an abandoned parking lot during the ice storm that struck the region this weekend; WPD says this is now a 'personnel issue' and is being investigated.

The video was posted on the @Barstool_UNCW Instagram account, an official affiliate of the @BarstoolSports humor page — not exactly a reputable news source.

Still, the clip does appear to show a Wilmington Police Department (WPD) police vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General and Planet Fitness locations on South Kerr Avenue and Cinema Drive. After the clip was shared with WHQR by several local residents, we contacted WPD to ask if they believed the clip was legitimate.

WPD responded with the following statement, "We have launched an internal investigation and this is now a personnel matter. At the conclusion of this investigation, we will take the appropriate action based on all the facts. Thank you to all that have brought this matter to our attention."

WPD has no additional comment at this time.

Ben Schachtman is a journalist and editor with a focus on local government accountability. He began reporting for Port City Daily in the Wilmington area in 2016 and took over as managing editor there in 2018. He’s a graduate of Rutgers College and later received his MA from NYU and his PhD from SUNY-Stony Brook, both in English Literature.