Man Hot-Wires Bus, Steals Gas, Leads HP On Chase

A Pitt county man hot-wired a bus, stole gas, then led officers on a chase according to Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Sales says it happened Friday evening. Sales say 33-year-old Michael Wilkerson of Winterville stole a full-sized bus from a church located on Memorial Dr.

Sales says soon after a citizen called in and told officials Wilkerson stole gas from a gas station near Ayden. That citizen was following Wilkerson.

Officers caught up with Wilkerson on NC 118 near Grifton and attempted to stop him. Wilkerson would not stop and went into Craven county. Officers then gave chase going up to speeds of 35 to 40 mph.

Officers put out stop sticks. Several of the buses tires were flattened, but Wilkerson kept on driving.

Then near Ange Road and River road the bus sideswiped a Pitt county deputy car. Wilkerson lost control of the bus and went off the road.

Sales says Wilkerson attempted to exit the bus but when he did his head went through a window causing a severe laceration. Wilkerson was transported to PCMH.

Sales says Wilkerson was heavily intoxicated at the time.

Wilkerson is now in jail under a $25,000 dollar bond. He has been charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, reckless driving, assault on a government official, larceny of vehicle, and larceny of fuel.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    mik has always lived on the edge he has many mental problems he was with a good foster home for years he messed that up as he got older he was given many chances but always did the wrong thing he was a really good worker i believe he belongs in a mental hospital to get some help he really needs give him a job in there that will keep him busy & maybe help him get better. I dont believe he should be put in with the public he is not right in the head.
  • by saywhat Location: Mt. olive on Aug 1, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    I like the picture of him better that is shown on the wcti website
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      by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 02:55 PM in reply to saywhat
      Hahaha... I so agree with you!!!
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Aug 1, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    I seen this guy in Raleigh at the state building...is he one of our repubican leaders ?
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      by The Wise One on Aug 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM in reply to taxman
      No, but he's probably one of their brown-noses!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 01:01 PM in reply to taxman
      No...he is a democrat working for obama.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 1, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    I think the rules for getting a Darwin award should change or at least give him an honorable mention.
  • by luke on Aug 1, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    I agree with FRED. some go on to become president. YO
  • by Fred Location: Winterville on Aug 1, 2011 at 04:02 AM
    This is what happens when dumb people breed!
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      by The Wise One on Aug 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM in reply to Fred
      No, this is what happens when drunks breed!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 03:40 AM
    From someone who knows this individual personally, this is not the first time he has done this, and it certainly will not be the last!!! He is an habitual offender, and as soon as he is released from jail for this offense he will do it again within 6 months. I am so glad no one was hurt during this incident. It is sad that people like this keep getting released from prison to keep repeating the same crimes over and over again.
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      by Anonymous2 on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:51 PM in reply to Anonymous
      I also know him personally and he has drinking and drug problems. He is a hard worker when he is clean and sober. He has mental problems and seriously needs help. As far as family goes he grew up in foster care and was kicked off of the last property because he couldn't stay out of trouble since then some of my family members took him in for years giving him shelter, food, clothing, money, and work and he alienated them getting in trouble with the law. I also know 2 of the women he had a relationship with and he alienated them with his drinking and drug problems.
  • by LEO on Aug 1, 2011 at 03:26 AM
    Good one intimidator, cause we cops have never heard the donut joke before. original.
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Aug 1, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    Anyone remember the video coverage of the O J Simpson chase in his white SUV on the freeway? That is going through my mind. To steal. Oops. To steal from a church, well. High speed and chase don't belong in a paragraph that contains the word, "bus".
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Aug 1, 2011 at 01:41 AM
    Here's your sign...
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