Mount Olive man faces multiple felonies after high-speed chase


A Mount Olive man is facing multiple felonies after fleeing from police in a high-speed car chase that ended with a car on its hood and the man, who ran, in cuffs Monday.

Twenty-nine-year-old Rashard Vondarius Oliver of Slocumb Street has been charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and felony maintaining a vehicle for drugs after police say they found more than a pound of marijuana, a gun, ammunition and cash in his possession.

Wayne County deputies were dispatched to the area of Westpointe Drive off Outlaw Road in the Dudley area in reference to shots being fired and a woman screaming on Oct. 14.  The caller advised 911 that a gold Lexus was seen leaving the area and was possibly headed towards Mount Olive.  

Deputies responding to the area
observed a gold Lexus a couple of miles from where the call came in and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Deputies advised the driver to get out of the car, but the Lexus sped off and led deputies on a high speed chase, according to a release from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

The chase covered approximately 3 miles reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.  The driver fled driving on Kelly Springs Road and approached the intersection at Kelly Springs Road and N.C. Highway 55 traveling at a high rate of speed, according to deputies.

Police say the suspect’s vehicle went airborne through the intersection traveling approximately 117 feet in the air before hitting the ground across the highway.  At this time, the suspect’s vehicle sideswiped a car that was traveling south on Kelly Springs Road.  

Two women were in the car that was struck, but the women declined transport to a hospital. Oliver's car then hit a ditch, crashed into a field and landed on its hood, according to the release.

Police say the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot after the crash.  Pursing deputies were able to run down the suspect and get him into custody without any further incident.

Oliver was found with a pound of marijuana, according to the release, and deputies located a black backpack with a large amount of cash and a glass jar of marijuana in the vehicle. Deputies say they also recovered several .223 caliber rounds of ammunition along with a loaded pistol magazine.  All of the evidence was seized at the scene. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the crash.


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