(Aug. 2, 2019) Wilmer S. Zook, 23, of Quarryville, Pennsylvania, faces 44 charges after being accused of fleeing from Ocean City police officers on an unregistered motorcycle and hitting an officer and a patrol vehicle in the process.
“On Saturday, July 27, 2019, at approximately 10:49 p.m. officers were conducting an investigation in reference to an unregistered motor vehicle parked on a public street in the area of Talbot Street and Philadelphia Avenue,” a police document said.
The motorcycle was parked illegally on a red curb, and after several registrations checks, police found that the vehicle was not registered and requested a tow truck.
While police waited for the tow truck to arrive, Zook approached them and claimed he could disengage the vehicle’s transmission from the parking gear to “facilitate the towing process,” according to court documents.
Police said Zook then got on the motorcycle and drove away.
According to the police report, Zook sped toward another officer on scene, and struck her arm and her patrol vehicle.
Ashley Miller, Ocean City Police Department spokeswoman, said the officer was not seriously injured.
Officers later caught Zook near Somerset Street and Baltimore Avenue and placed him under arrest.
The police report said that Zook exhibited signs of intoxication, including a strong odor of alcohol. Officers reported that Zook claimed to have consumed a pitcher of beer earlier that night.
Police said Zook refused to submit to an alcohol concentration test.
Zook’s charges include second-degree assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving, willfully disobeying a police officer, attempting to elude police and operating an unregistered vehicle.