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Charlotte man sentenced after high speed chase in August

A Charlotte man who led authorities on a high speed chase in August plead guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and fleeing to elude arrest.

Gebreal Moss, 23, was sentenced to between 36 and 56 months in state custody, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office.

Members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department had set up a license check station at the foot of the Cape Fear River Bridge near the entrance to Tory Hole Park after midnight on Aug. 7, according to a report. As Moss’ 2006 Honda Civic approached the station, it increased its speed, according to a court summary and report. Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cley Carroll was standing in the road and moved to another lane when he heard Moss’ vehicle speed up. Moss switched to the lane where Carroll was standing, forcing Carroll to move off the road to avoid being struck by the vehicle. Officers estimated the vehicle was traveling 80 miles per hour.

Moss then led authorities on a chase reaching speeds of 110 mph along US 701 and continuing onto NC 87 toward Dublin, according to a court summary. Moss then turned onto Cromartie Road and tried to ram a patrol car operated by Deputy Jason Andrews, who swerved his car into a ditch to avoid a collision, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The chase ended when Moss crashed his vehicle into a stop sign. Moss got out of the car and fled on foot, but was captured.

“The Bladen County District Attorney’s Office is committed to ensuring that those who decide to use automobiles as weapons against law enforcement officers go to prison. Period,” Bladen County Chief Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee said. “We are unwavering in our commitment to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers and the motoring public here in Bladen County.

“I am thankful for the combined efforts of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethtown Police Department, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for going above and beyond the call of duty in the performance of their duties in this matter,” McGee said.

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