Wanted Person Driving Stolen Truck Slams Into Police Cars

A wanted person driving a stolen vehicle slammed into two Goldsboro patrol cars in the parking lot of Wal-Mart overnight.

Around 11:30pm Tuesday, Goldsboro Police received a tip from an employee at a bail bonds company that Edwin Luis Ortiz Jr. had multiple outstanding warrants and was inside a truck in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on US 70 West. Police were told the 30 year-old man was possibly in the possession of stolen guns and that he had threatened employees at the bail bonds agency.

Police and Wayne County deputies approached Ortiz and discovered he was asleep in the truck. When Ortiz woke up, he locked the doors to the truck, started the ignition and refused to comply with commands to exit the vehicle. Ortiz also shook his head, police said, indicating he was not complying.  At the same time he was reaching around inside the truck.

Without warning, he crashed the stolen truck into two unoccupied police cruisers.

Ortiz was taken into custody. He was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital for a laceration he sustained during his removal from the truck. After being released from the hospital Wednesday morning he was served with outstanding warrants from Duplin County for felony breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. He was also served with an outstanding Wayne County warrant for probation violation.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a government officials, resist delay and obstruct, possession of a stolen vehicle, and reckless driving.  The truck he was operating had been reportedly stolen last Thursday in Wayne County.

He received a total bond of $180,000.