NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Three suspects led Wilmington Police officers on a chase that ended in front of Books-A-Million in Wilmington Saturday night.
Paul Aiello, 21, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving with a revoked license, possession with intent to sell/ deliver MDMA, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Austin Yu,17,is charged with possession of MDMA, possession of LSD and possession of marijuana.
Aiello was the alleged driver leading officers on the chase, and Yu was a passenger in his car. A third passenger was subsequently interviewed and released without charges.
Officials said the chase started after an incident at the Monkey Junction Walmart. Sgt. Dawson, with the Wilmington Police Department, said some type of altercation occurred at Walmart involving what was originally thought to be guns being pointed at a victim.
Officials said the victim then followed the suspects' vehicle.
New Hanover County Dispatch said they received a call around 5:30 p.m. that the victim was following the suspects.
Officers tried to stop the suspects' vehicle near Independence Boulevard and Oleander Drive. The suspects reportedly refused to stop and a chase ensued on Oleander Drive. The suspects were allegedly going 60 mph.
Officials said during the chase the suspects were throwing what appeared to be drugs out of their vehicle near Panera Bread on Oleander. Investigators are testing to see what the alleged drugs were, but officers on scene believe it is marijuana.
Police said the vehicle then jumped the curb near the Hardee's on Oleander Drive and stopped at Books-A-Million.
Wilmington Police officers arrested the three suspects who were in the car.
Officers from the Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff's office and NC Highway Patrol responded to the incident. There were no injuries, but officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop ordering suspects out of vehicle with very specific directions.
Officials recovered four guns. Upon further inspection they learned the guns were BB guns that did not have the orange safety tips. Sgt. Dawson said the guns look and feel like real guns, however the guns shoot plastic or metal bullets.
Officials are unsure at this time if the suspects knew the victim from the Monkey Junction incident.