Checkpoint sparks high-speed chase that ends in bean field


A Mount Olive man is in jail after leading officers on a high-speed chase that started with a discovery at a DWI checkpoint and ended with his arrest in a bean field, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies on the department’s DWI Task Force were conducting a checkpoint at the intersection of Northeast Church Road and Indian Springs Road in the Mount Olive area shortly before 9 p.m. Nov. 23 when officers say Chedwick Oneal Wells, 41, pulled up. Deputies spotted Wells with an open container of alcohol in the cup-holder by his leg, which prompted Wells to flee the scene, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Mount Olive man led officers on a chase into Duplin County with speeds, at times, reaching more than 85 miles-per-hour, the release stated. “Deputies were able to quickly end the pursuit by utilizing stop sticks which deflated the driver’s side tires and a rolling roadblock.”

Wells then fled on foot into a bean filed where he was apprehended, deputies say.

Wells was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, possessing a schedule II controlled substance, driving while impaired, driving without a license, causing injury to personal property, speeding, reckless driving to endanger, driving with an open container after consuming, driving with a revoked registration and failing to stop at a stop sign. His motor vehicle was seized under the state’s “Run-and-Done” law and he was booked into the Wayne County Detention Center where he was being held under a $33,000 secured bond.


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