Man hospitalized 2 Cops; lives to tell tale

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A man who led Hoover police on a Sunday night foot chase and sent two officers to the hospital after fighting with them is no stranger to lawmen.

Wesley Adam Whitworth, 37, was convicted of assault in 2008 after police say he became enraged with a bicyclist and deliberately ran over the man. Then, in 2012, he barricaded himself inside a Pelham townhome and crawled through to the attic of another townhome while trying to avoid arrest on an indecent exposure warrant. His brother, Ronald Whitworth, is a former Vestavia Hills police officer who is serving 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of transporting a child for sexual activity in September 2009. 

Today, Hoover police charged Whitworth with two counts of second-degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree receiving stolen property. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $320,000.

The Hoover incident happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when officers were dispatched to a call of a suspicious man in the 2300 block of Kenbridge Circle. Authorities say Whitworth fled when he saw the officers, which led to a foot chase into a thick, wooded area nearby, said Capt. Gregg Rector.

 

 

 

Whitworth resisted and fought with officers before finally being subdued. Two of the officers were injured, and taken to Brookwood Medical Center for treatment. One officer sustained bruises, abrasions and a mild concussion. The second officer sustained bruises, abrasions and a broken hand.

Whitworth was treated and released from UAB Medical West in Hoover Sunday night. He also sustained bruises and abrasions.

Rector said officers have since determined that Whitworth was trying to sell a handgun that was stolen from a car break-in earlier that day. That break-in happened on Albermarle Drive, and the gun has since been recovered.

In 2012, Pelham police charge Whitworth with a handful of felony charges after he barricaded himself in his townhome on Dec. 17. Homewood police had asked Pelham to help serve a warrant on Whitworth at his home on Cottage Circle.

It was then, authorities said, that Whitworth took cover in his attic when police tried to arrest him. He crawled through the attic into an adjacent unit, and it was in that he home that he was taken into custody.

Pelham police charged him with three counts of illegal possession of a credit or debit card, two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. The credit card charges were ultimately dropped, and Whitworth was convicted of third-degree burglary. He was sentenced to three years in prison. He was released from prison on Feb. 24, 2014.

In 2008, Whitworth was arrested in Hoover on charges of attempted murder and escape. Authorities said driving his car on Valley Street on May 9 and almost hit a man on a bicycle. Then he turned around and did hit the man on the bike. Whitworth attempted to escape when he was arrested on May 13. The man on the bicycle had only abrasions.

When he was captured a few days after that assault, he broke a pair of handcuffs, kicked open a patrol car door, and escaped, Rector said. Whitworth was convicted of second-degree assault and was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

"Mr. Whitworth is an individual that we have had encounters with, off and on, for several years. He is an extremely dangerous and volatile person and when faced with being arrested, he is going to resist and fight in a violent manner,'' Rector said. "That's exactly what he did Sunday night and our officers did a phenomenal job gaining control of him under less than desirable terrain and conditions."

"This was a knock-down, drag-out fight that occurred in the middle of a very thick, wooded area. The ground was also covered with rocks and there were pockets of standing water,'' he said. "We're very fortunate that the injuries weren't more severe."

 "We didn't realize until Sunday night that he was back in the Hoover area," Rector said, "and frankly, we're tired of dealing with him."

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They should have shot and buried him out there. Upstanding citizen right there.