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Marine accused of DWI, ramming family's SUV during road rage

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:03:52 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 21 2014 07:18:32 PM CDT
JONES COUNTY -

Investigators say a Marine was driving drunk when he repeatedly rammed a vehicle carrying three people, including a 7-year-old boy.

Cpl. Nicholas Patrick Greene, 22, of Camp Lejeune, is charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon and DWI.

According to Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath, Greene was following a Honda Pilot, which was traveling on Highway 17 between Craven County and Pollocksville Saturday night.

Greene --while driving his silver Dodge between 80 to 100 mph-- then rammed into the back of the Honda SUV several times, investigators said.

The driver of the Honda SUV, Jeffrey Krueger, described the first hit.

"I instantly grabbed my phone and dialed 911," said Krueger. "He hit us two more times in the rear."

In addition to Krueger, his wife and their 7-year-old son were also in the Honda SUV. Krueger said he estimated that his SUV was hit about 20 times, but he and his family were not hurt.

"During this whole scenario, there were three times that he was pushing my car where I started sliding off the highway. It felt like you were hydroplaning or skiing. I had to speed up the car and use the steering wheel," Krueger said. "Why would he be running me off the road just to run me off the road? This is taking me to the end."

At one point, Greene's vehicle also hit a Mustang, investigators said.

"The one thing I was doing the whole time was keeping distance between me and the other car," Krueger said. "I had to break speed limits to do that, I had to turn around in the highway."

Deputies arrested Greene on Highway 17 near Simmons Loop Road. Investigators said Greene blew a .23.

Sheriff Heath said Greene claimed he was pursuing "federal fugitives."

Cpl. Greene is in custody at Camp Lejeune. He is a member of 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, base officials said.

Camp Lejeune officials said they are conducting their own investigation on the alleged misconduct, but it is too early to say what administrative or judicial action may be taken.