WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Police Department arrested Zachary Ryan Ridley for a hit-and-run; Ridley struck a vehicle – which was carrying an infant on board – and then fled the scene.
According to the police, Ridley, 23, struck the silver BMW while driving at the intersection of 2nd Street and Dock Street in downtown Wilmington. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17.
Ridley totaled the BMW, causing over $10,000 in damage.
According to Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron, community tips were instrumental in arresting Ridley.
“We received several tips that led to Ridley’s arrest. As soon as we posted on social media that we needed help identifying the suspect, the community really came through with help. We’re very appreciative of everyone who messaged and called us with information,” Dandron said.
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Ridley will be charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run, driving with a revoked license and no insurance, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. He is also wanted on a misdemeanor larceny charge.
According to North Carolina Department of Public Safety Records, Ridley was arrested and convicted of a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges in 2013, including larceny and receiving stolen goods. He was given a two-year suspended sentence and probation in 2013.
Prior to his arrest, Ridley was already scheduled to appear in June in New Hanover County District Court on numerous charges, including possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell of marijuana, and several motor vehicle violations.