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Man Leads Waterford, New London Police on Chase

Police say they were looking for the convicted felon for a parole violation.

Eric Smith-Walker. Credit: WPD
Eric Smith-Walker. Credit: WPD
A convicted felon who had reportedly violated conditions of his parole led police on a chase through Waterford and New London Sunday morning.

Waterford Police said an officer on the lookout for the man spotted him in a car parked at the Dunkin Donuts on Route 85 at about 7:20 a.m on March 23. The man took off as the officer approached him, police said.

The man drove his vehicle down Rout 85 into New London with the officer in pursuit. When the man fled his vehicle on foot, Waterford and New London officers worked together and took him into custody on Elm Street. 

"As always our thanks to the New London Police Department for their excellent work in assisting us," Waterford Police said.

The man, identified as Eric Smith-Walker, 33, last known address of 22 West High St., New London, was charged with:
  • engaging an officer in pursuit 
  • reckless driving
  • interfering with an officer
  • taking a motor vehicle without owner's permission
  • operating under suspension
Smith-Walker was being held on a $25,000 bond. Police said he is scheduled to appear in court March 24, unless he can be turned over to the parole department. 

According to the state Judicial Branch website, Smith-Walker has more than a handful of convictions to his name.

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