A 28-year-old man is accused of using his car to assault two Wake Forest University police officers while they were conducting an investigation on campus Tuesday, Winston-Salem Police said in a news release.
Thomas Gillespie Eshelman III, of 202 Wake Drive, is charged with of two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on campus police, misdemeanor assault on a government employee, hit and run and aggressive driving.
Winston Salem police became involved when they were called about 4:15 p.m. to a vehicle crash involving a green Honda passenger car and a Dodge minivan at the intersection of Polo and Reynolda roads. The driver of the Honda fled on foot before officers got there, the news release says.
Upon arriving, city officers heard from Wake Forest police that one of the vehicles in the crash matched the description of a car that had just been used as a weapon against two campus officers. No details were available about the initial investigation at Wake Forest.
City and campus officers collaborated to determine that Eshelman was the driver of the green Honda that assaulted the officers and the driver of the car in the crash, according to the news release.
Officers learned that Eshelman was at his residence, which is near the crash site. They attempted to make contact with him, but he refused to comply with officers’ instructions, or otherwise communicate with the officers, the news release says.
Members of the Winston Salem Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team who were on duty at the time responded to the residence and took Eshelman into custody without incident. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the vehicle crash.
The two passengers in the Dodge mini-van were treated on the scene for minor injuries.
No Wake Forest campus police officers required medical treatment.
This investigation is ongoing. A bond for the charges against Eshelman had not yet been established.
Anyone with information regarding the vehicle crash at the intersection is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700.
Anyone with information regarding the incident that took place on the Wake Forest campus should contact the Wake Forest Campus Police Department at 336-758-5591.