WILMINGTON — A local man with a lengthy criminal history was one of two subjects arrested by police Wednesday after a vehicle chase followed by a foot chase which ended behind a house on Grant Street near Hawley Avenue.
Anthony Woody Jr., 41, of Wilmington, is currently facing charges of fleeing and eluding (a third-degree felony), no operator’s license, and a parole violation, according to Wilmington Police Chief Ron Cravens.
“He has a lengthy rap sheet with us (WPD),” said Cravens. “He has prior fleeing and eluding charges. He’s well known to us.
“This recklessness can not continue,” Cravens added.
Cravens told the News Journal that Woody had no valid license, was out on parole, and drugs are believed to be involved.
Police scanner traffic indicated the incident involving began around Truesdell Street shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Police indicated that one person was being “held at Taser point” and that another person “had bailed” from a white minivan and was soon captured by police. Also reported was “damage to a (police) cruiser.”
According to court documents, Woody has a history of over 50 charges including resisting arrest, animal abuse, drug possession, assault, and resisting arrest. His most recent charge was in Clinton County Municipal Court where he pled guilty to an obstructing official business misdemeanor.
“I’m aghast at the amount of times he’s been charged,” said Cravens.
Details involving the beginning of the chase and the second suspect were not immediately available.