North Smithfield Police Officer suffers broken wrist while apprehending fleeing suspect

By News Staff


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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) — A North Smithfield Police Officer suffered a broken wrist while trying to apprehend a fleeing suspect Saturday night.

North Smithfield Police said they received calls from residents on Pound Hill Road around 8:45 p.m. Saturday stating that there was a suspicious vehicle operating up and down the roadway and entering in and out of driveways.

Upon arrival, North Smithfield officers identified the suspect vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop.

Police said the suspect first provided officers on scene with a false name.

Officers were able to locate the correct name of the suspect, identified as Anthony Wilding, of Pawtucket, and a wanted check yielded three active warrants for his arrest.

Police said Wilding then resisted arrest and attempted to flee on foot. After a brief foot pursuit and a struggle, officers took Wilding into custody.

One North Smithfield officer suffered a broken wrist in the struggle.

Wilding was subsequently charged with felony assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer in the execution of duty, disorderly conduct and operating with a suspended license. He was arraigned Monday.

His wife told ABC6 News her husband never laid a hand on that officer, saying Wilder ran away because he felt threatened, then was beaten and tazed by police.

Wilding is being held without bail. His next court date is April 30th. 

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