NC teen wrecks while driving drunk in cemetery, police say

WILMINGTON, NC (WNCN) — Police arrested an 18-year-old woman after they say she admitted to being drunk when she drove into a Wilmington cemetery and got stuck after a minor crash near the entrance early Thursday.

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According to the Wilmington Police Department, a witness called 911 and said a woman had driven her vehicle into the cemetery in the area of 17th Street and Princess Place Drive around 3:50 a.m.

Police say Tessa Holloway, 18, was traveling on Princess Place Drive and entered the cemetery, drove west through the main gate, struck a curb and got stuck.

While talking to police, Holloway admitted to being under the influence.

Police did not locate any damage to any of the graves in Bellevue Cemetery, which was founded in 1876.

Holloway was arrested and charged with DWI and consuming alcohol under the age of 21.

The cemetery contains the graves of at least 135 Confederate veterans, along with a number of sailors who died while their ships were in port in Wilmington.

— Info from WECT

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