Monday, December 11, 2023

Wilmington police arrest suspect involved in low-speed pursuit of Bobcat

Adarious Walker, 18, was arrested after being pursued by Wilmington police in a Bobcat skid-steer loader. (Port City Daily photo / WPD)

WILMINGTON — Not all police pursuits are of the high-speed variety.

On Wednesday night, Wilmington police became “involved in the pursuit of a skid-steer loader” which originated somewhere in New Hanover County and came into Wilmington’s city limits, according to a release sent by the WPD.

According to the WECT, Walker led multiple law enforcement vehicles down College Road at a maximum speed of three miles-per-hour.

Adarious Walker, 18, was arrested by New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with reckless driving to endanger, resisting and obstructing public officers, failure to heed a siren, driving the vehicle without an operator’s license, impeding traffic, and a failure to stop at a red light, according to the release.

Walker led police north on Military Cutoff Road to Gordon Road, then to College Road and eventually to Cardinal Drive before deputies caught up to him around the Inland Greens subdivision, according to the WECT.

He was given a $3,500 secured bond.

“Officers at the scene did not have reason to suspect Walker had used drugs or alcohol prior to the incident,” according to the release. “At this time, Wilmington police have not received any reports of stolen construction equipment and therefore have not charged Walker with larceny. However, once the rain clears up and construction crews get back to work, a report may come in.”

However, according to the WECT, Lt. Jerry Brewer of the NHCSO said the skid-steer loader was stolen from the Mayfaire shopping center and that the WPD became involved when the driver entered city limits.

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