By: Erin Smith
A high speed chase that began on NC 87 near Braddy Plantation Road ended on Robeson Street in Elizabethtown. According to the NC Highway Patrol First Sgt. M. Hardee, the driver of the car jumped and ran into the woods while the car rolled into the yard and struck a storage building at a private residence.
“We turned around on him for speeding. He stopped and when the Trooper approached the car, he ran,” said First Sgt. Hardee.
Trooper K. L. McVicker chased the vehicle from Braddy Plantation Road along NC 87 into Elizabethtown where the driver, Wesley Black of Fayetteville, turned onto Robeson Street and pulled into the drive of a private residence. There he jumped from the car and ran into the woods. First Sgt. Hardee said Black left the vehicle running and in drive and it rolled into a storage building.
First Sgt. Hardee said that when Black entered the woods, there is a steep hill there and Black fell off the hill. Trooper A. M. Russ and several deputies went into the woods after Black, said First Sgt. Hardee.
Trooper Russ and Black were transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare for treatment of minor injuries, said First Sgt. Hardee.
Black is charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, damage to property for the storage building, assault on a government official, hit and run, and impaired driving. Black’s vehicle was seized under the felony speeding to elude arrest law.
First Sgt. Hardee said Black has an outstanding warrant from Cumberland County for assault by pointing a gun.
The NC Highway Patrol was assisted by the Elizabethtown Police Department and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.