Driver who allegedly tried to ‘incite violence’ near Wilmington city hall captured

Driver who allegedly tried to ‘incite violence’ near Wilmington city hall captured

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Law enforcement officials have captured a man who alleged threatened violence and refused to comply with officer commands during a traffic stop near city hall that resulted in the closure of Third Street in downtown Wilmington Wednesday morning.

A spokesperson for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office confirms that deputies took Oscar Pinilla, 56, into custody in the Castle Hayne area this afternoon and transported him to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

The situation began around 8:30 a.m. when an anonymous person called 911 with concerns that a man, later identified Pinilla, was trying to “incite violence,” according to city officials.

Officers pulled Pinilla over in front of city hall, but when they tried to speak with him, he reportedly started moving his Lincoln SUV and refused to get out of the vehicle.

Law enforcement closed Third Street, between Market and Chestnut streets, as police including Chief Donny Williams and nearby protestors attempted to deescalate the situation and have Pinilla surrender peacefully.

Just after 10 a.m., police allowed Pinilla to leave the scene and he was later taken into custody at some point Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after the incident, the WPD said they were working on taking out involuntary commitment paperwork on Pinilla.

It’s unclear if Pinilla will face any criminal charges.

Third Street reopened to traffic after being closed for approximately 90 minutes.

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