WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Police in Wrightsville Beach had to employ a seldom used tactic to stop a careless driver Wednesday night, who they say was endangering the lives of others.
The Wrightsville Beach Police Department ordered just before 6 p.m. the draw bridge to the island be opened, stopping traffic and trapping the suspect.
Police in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach were notified of a man in a white Range Rover driving very fast on the island.
At one point, police spotted the car but it was so far away and moving so fast police lost sight. Police continued to search the island for the driver, and found his car parked underneath a house a short time later.
Police found several open containers, pill bottles, and marijuana in the car. Officers than spotted the suspect outside of one of the bars on Lumina Ave.
According to Chief House of the WBPD, the suspect had been drinking and having some type of psychological incident.
The suspect, Anthony Archer from Fayetteville was cited for open container and marijuana. He was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. More charges could be pending.
Chief House says that the decision to open the bridge is not one they use often, only when there is a threat to public safety. He added that there was some sort of miscommunication between Police, the 911 center, and the bridge tender which allowed the bridge to stay open longer than it should have.
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