Man sentenced for hitting NAS Oceana police officer with his car

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NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Wednesday for hitting a Naval Air Station Oceana base police officer with a vehicle.

Marcus D. Wilkins, 27, pleaded guilty on September 7.

According to court documents, on May 1 Wilkins removed a shopping cart full of unpaid merchandise from the Navy Exchange at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

A loss prevention officer saw him remove the merchandise and ordered him to stop. Instead, Wilkins walked away from the shopping cart and toward his car.

An officer with the Naval Air Station Oceana base police observed Wilkins walking toward his vehicle and approached the vehicle, identified himself as base police and positioned himself in front of the vehicle and twice ordered Wilkins to stop.

Wilkins started his car and accelerated into the police officer, lifting him off the ground with the hood of the car and pushing him backward in the air and to the ground.

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Wilkins then fled the Navy Exchange parking lot and was apprehended by members of the Virginia Beach Police Department shortly thereafter.

Wilkins was sentenced to 42 months in prison for “assault on a federal officer with a dangerous weapon.”