Driver Charged With Ramming House And Trooper’s Cruiser In 2019 Found Dead

Photo courtesy Wake County Sheriff’s Office

Wilson’s Mills Police are investigating the death of a 58 year-old woman.  Police Chief A.Z. Williams said his officers responded with EMS around 6:00pm Tuesday to a medical assistance call for an unconscious female at a home at 130 Stone Ridge Drive off Wilson’s Mills Road.    Patricia Joan Erwin was pronounced deceased a short time later by Johnston County EMS and confirmed by a medical examiner.

Erwin was scheduled to be in court this week on charges stemming from an August 2019 incident in the 4500 block of Jones Sausage Road in Wake County.  Erwin allegedly rammed her car into a home and a Highway Patrol cruiser.  It reportedly stemmed from a domestic disturbance at the address. The trooper was the first on the scene.

Photo courtesy Wake County Sheriff’s Office

According to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the trooper witnessed Erwin ram her car into the house then strike the side of the marked patrol cruiser.   According to the August press release, it took several minutes for deputies and troopers to remove Erwin from her car.

She was taken into custody and transported to Wake Medical Center. No officers were injured.

Erwin was scheduled to appear in Wake County Court this week on assault charges stemming from the August 2019 incident.

Chief Williams said Wednesday the investigation into Patricia Erwin’s death is still ongoing. Officers are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology results.