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Wilson man charged with impersonating officer after stopping police chase

Posted November 2, 2019 1:39 p.m. EDT

David Adams, Jr.

— A Wilson man was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer after stopping a police chase last month, authorities said.

Just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 5, Wilson police officers stopped a vehicle at the Food Mart on Ward Boulevard while searching for a possible murder suspect.

The vehicle, which had five men in it, first stopped but then drove off as officers approached.

A police chase went for 2 miles until a black Ford Taurus with blue lights drove past, got in front of the suspect vehicle and slowed dramatically, forcing the vehicle to be pinned between the Taurus and the lead police vehicle.

As police officers began a felony traffic stop, the driver of the Taurus, identified as 30-year-old David Adams, Jr., ordered the driver of the suspect vehicle out at gunpoint.

Adams then handcuffed the driver of the suspect vehicle and began searching him.

Police officers ordered Adams to stop, since his law enforcement status wasn’t known. Adams then left the scene before officers could speak with him.

Authorities determined Adams wasn’t a sworn law enforcement officer. He was charged with impersonating an officer and was served an arrest warrant on Wednesday.

A handgun was thrown from the suspect vehicle during the chase, and police are investigating possible related charges.

The five occupants of the suspect vehicle were arrested.

Davis, Barnes, McNair, Dawson, Dupree

Henry L. Davis, 20, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and open container of spirituous liquor in a motor vehicle.

Rakeem S. McNair, 20, was charged with felony fleeing/eluding law enforcement, felony possession of a schedule II drug and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Dwan T. Dawson, 21, was charged with felony possession of a schedule II drug and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Tafari Dupree, 21, was charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to sell/deliver marijuana.

Jamail S. Barnes, 18, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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