ELIZABETHTOWN — A Lumberton man went from the frying pan into the fire on Thursday when he left the Bladen County Courthouse and proceeded to lead lawmen on a chase into Robeson County, where he was captured and arrested.
According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, an investigator was traveling west on N.C. 41 near the Robeson County line when a black Chevrolet Impala passed him at a high rate of speed at about 10 a.m.
“When the investigator attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding, the Impala continued into Robeson County … refusing to stop,” Hester said.
He added that, when the vehicle reached Longs Road, off of Old Allenton Road in Robeson County, the driver stopped, jumped from the vehicle and ran.
Lawmen with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol joined in the chase, which ended when the individual was caught in a soybean field.
Arrested was Dwione Terrell Baxley, 31, who was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer and driving without an operator’s license.
Hester said there was no passenger in he vehicle, and that the Impala was impounded at Ace Towing.
Baxley remains in the Bladen County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.