Berlin Police Chief Involved In Chase After Hit-And-Run

BERLIN — A local man was arrested on multiple charges this week after first backing into Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing’s vehicle on Wednesday morning then fleeing the scene and leading police on a chase through town.
Around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Downing was stopped at the intersection of Abbey Lane and West Street when a Chevrolet SUV backed into his vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Gordon Walters, 41, of Berlin, immediately sped off north on West Street without stopping, according to police reports.
Walters fled the scene with Downing in pursuit down West Street to West Buckingham Rd. for about a mile, then down Tingle Street, Upshur Street and Middle Street before finally being stopped on Buckingham Rd.
Walters was then arrested without incident and was found to be driving on a suspended license. He was also found to be wanted for failing to appear in District Court.
Walters was charged with failure to stop after an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, failure to return to and remain at the scene of an accident involving attended vehicle damage, attempting to elude police in an official police vehicle, unsafe backing of a motor vehicle, negligent and reckless driving and other counts relating to his suspended license and failure to appear.