Last week, we discussed a traffic stop that resulted in more serious charges against a driver, based upon law enforcement’s allegations that arose during the investigatory stop. Law enforcement in Wilmington, North Carolina accuse a man of a slate of offenses based upon allegations arising before, during and after a traffic stop related to an alleged hit-and-run car accident.
Police in Wilmington, North Carolina arrested a man roughly one block away from the accident Friday. Authorities say that a witness reported that a moving vehicle had struck a parked car in Wilmington shortly before 10:15 Friday night.
Police say that the witness reported that the driver had fled the scene of the accident, and was driving without any headlights–even before the alleged wreck. An officer responding to the accident tip reportedly pulled over a 26-year-old Wilmington man roughly a block away from where the witness had reported the accident.
Law enforcement claims that the driver appeared to be impaired and refused to get out of his car when police commanded that he do so. Authorities say that the driver eventually got out of the car, but remained combative. Police say that the officer subdued the man and placed him in handcuffs, according to WWAY News Channel 3.
Law enforcement claims that the driver was put in a squad car, where authorities claim that he began kicking the back window of the cruiser. The man was transported to a hospital for medical clearance and subjected to a blood test. He was later booked into jail on suspicion of hit and run, driving while impaired, and a charge of hinder and delay.
Source: WWAY News Channel 3, “Police: Man arrested for DWI tried to kick out cruiser window,” April 15, 2013
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