High-speed chase ends in arrest

Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were led on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning that resulted in the arrest of a Fayetteville man.

According to information from the Highway Patrol, Trooper K.L. McVicker passed a vehicle that was speeding on Hwy. 87 near Braddy Plantation Road. McVicker turned around and gave chase to the vehicle — up Hwy. 87 to Robeson Street in Elizabethtown, where the driver turned into a private driveway and jumped out of the vehicle.

The vehicle coasted into a storage shed on the property and the driver, identified as Wesley Black, ran into the nearby woods. With the assistance of Bladen County sheriff’s deputies and Elizabethtown police officers, McVicker was able to apprehend Black when he fell down a steep hill.

Black and a Highway Patrol trooper were treated for minor injuries at Bladen County Hospital, after which Black was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, damage to property, assault on a government official, hit and run, and impaired driving.

No bail has been announced.

Staff report

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