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Domestic dispute ends in wreck, arrest

COLLETTSVILLE – A domestic dispute in Collettsville took to the road Friday morning when a angry husband allegedly used his sport utility vehicle as a weapon against his wife, her mother and the couple’s three children.
The N.C. Highway Patrol and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department arrested Steve Matthew Wilcox, 33, of 2496 Old John’s River Road, Lenoir, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, careless and reckless driving, improper passing and seat belt violation.
Trooper W.G. Powell of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Mary Severt, 48, of Moravian Falls had driven her daughter, Nicole Wilcox, and three grandchildren to the Wilcox residence so that her daughter could get her and her children’s clothing out of the house.
There was an altercation between Steve Wilcox and his wife at the house, said Powell. When Severt left the residence with her daughter and grandchildren in Severt’s 1995 Pontiac sedan, they were followed by Wilcox in his 1993 Toyota sport utility vehicle.
Powell said Wilcox allegedly rammed Severt’s vehicle several times and attempted to run the Pontiac off the road.
When Severt turned into a driveway so that they could call for help, Wilcox came from behind and “hit the car very hard,” said Powell. Wilcox’s vehicle rolled over and Severt’s car was spun around.
Powell said no one was seriously injured in the accident that occurred on Old John’s River Road, approximately 9.7 miles west of Lenoir. The occupants of both vehicles refused medical attention.
Wilcox was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 bond. A trial in District Court in Lenoir is scheduled for July 1.

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