Near Collision Leads To UD Student Being Charged With Burglary, Jail Flooded

Joshua Wiley

Newark – On Friday April 21, 2017 at approximately 11:51 p.m. an officer was on patrol in the area of Wilbur Street and Prospect Avenue when he observed a subject, later identified as 21-year-old, Joshua Wiley, a UD Student, riding a bicycle on Prospect Avenue, according Newark Police Spokesman Fred Nelson.

Nelson said the officer observed Wiley fail to stop at the stop sign, almost striking the officer’s patrol vehicle. The officer ordered Wiley to stop, however, Wiley fled into a residence in the unit block of Wilbur Street, said Nelson. The officer pursued Wiley through the residence and was eventually able to take custody of him at the rear of the residence.

Nelson said it was later determined that Wiley did not have any connection to the residence he entered and that he entered it unlawfully. While speaking with Wiley, the officer noticed signs of alcohol impairment, according to Nelson. Wiley was arrested and placed into a holding cell at the Newark Police Department.

While in the cell, Wiley removed his shirt, placed it into the toilet, and began repeatedly flushing the toilet, causing the toilet to flood the cell, said Nelson. Wiley was video arraigned in front of Justice of the Peace Court 11 and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Offensive Touching, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief (2 counts), Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign , Bicycle in Use at Night Shall be Equipped with a Lamp and Operating a bicycle on highways while DUI Alcohol or Drugs B. He was eventually released after posting $3100 secured bond.


Image Credits: Newark Police

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