Wilson, NC – Wilson police have arrested a man who helped officers stop a suspect’s car during a chase in October and charged him with impersonating a police officer.
The incident occurred at about 11:11 p.m. on Oct. 5 after police stopped a vehicle they believed had a murder suspect inside it at the Food Mart located in the 6000-block of Ward Boulevard, WITN reported.
The suspect vehicle fled and police chased it for about two miles before a black Ford Taurus with blue police lights appeared.
The Taurus drove past the police cars in pursuit and then slowed down and cut off the suspect vehicle on Pender Street near Vance Street, forcing it to stop, WNCN reported.
Police said the Taurus trapped the suspect vehicle, effectively pinning it between his car and the lead police car chasing it.
That’s when 30-year-old David Adams jumped out of the Taurus and proceeded to order the driver out of the car at gunpoint, WITN reported.
Adams had handcuffed the suspect and was conducting a search before Wilson police intervened and ordered him to stop because they were unclear on whether he was actually a law enforcement officer.
He left the scene before officers had an opportunity to get information from him, according to WITN.
Police arrested five people from inside the suspect vehicle and all were charged with various charges after officers found drugs in their vehicle, the Charlotte News & Observer reported.
One of those arrested, 18-year-old Jamail Barnes, was the brother of the murder suspect officers were hunting when they stopped the car initially, WITN reported.
Afterward, Wilson police determined that that the unknown officer who had helped them with the stop wasn’t a cop at all.
Adams was served with a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, WITN reported.
He was given a $1,500 unsecured bond, according to WNCN.