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Drunk driving suspect said she was a carjacking victim: Lowell PD

By Matthew Memrick,

2023-03-15

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LOWELL, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A Charlotte woman suspected of drunk driving told emergency personnel she was a carjacking victim Tuesday night.

Lowell Police, Lowell Fire Department, and Gaston Emergency Medical Services went to a traffic accident with injuries and found a vehicle down an embankment.

First responders found the vehicle near George Poston Park at 1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Road.

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Investigators found the owner, Darlene Whiteside, outside the vehicle and suspected her of intoxication.

Officers said Whiteside told investigating officer that a stranger carjacked her at a local Lowell store. Officials could not verify her carjacking claim.

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Emergency personnel took Whiteside to CaroMont Regional Medical Center’s emergency department for her injuries. An officer went before the Gaston County Magistrate and got a search warrant. He then responded to CaroMont to serve the search warrant and take a blood sample.

Lowell Police charged Whiteside with driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license and expired tag. An additional charge involving a false report of carjacking is pending.

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