Pawtucket man charged with felony assault after police officer suffers broken wrist

Pawtucket man charged with felony assault after police officer suffers broken wrist

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A North Smithfield police officer suffered a broken wrist Saturday night after a motor vehicle stop led to a foot pursuit with a suspect who was later taken into custody, according to a police report.
Anthony Wilding, 52, of Pawtucket was charged with felony assault of a police officer, obstructing a police officer in the execution of duty, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and operating with a suspended license, first offense. He was arraigned in court on Tuesday and referred to the public defender.

According to the report, at 8:42 p.m., police responded to several calls from residents of Pound Hill Road reporting a suspicious vehicle operating on the roadway and entering in and out of driveways. Upon arrival, police identified the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop, at which point the man operating the vehicle provided a false name to officers. Police identified the correct name of the operator and ran a wanted check, resulting in three active warrants.

When police attempted to arrest the man, he fled the area on foot, leading police on a brief foot chase before he was apprehended and taken into custody. He fought with officers during the arrest, resulting in the broken wrist.

In addition to the most recent charges, Wilding has over a dozen pending or closed charges from previous arrests, including simple assault, attempted breaking and entering, larceny, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance.