A Wake County man faces charges of driving while impaired and fleeing arrest after an early-morning car chase with the Clayton Police Department.
Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, a Clayton Police officer was patrolling on U.S. 70 Business near N.C. 42 East when he pulled behind a black Ford Explorer. The officer ran the SUV’s plates and learned that its owner – 51-year-old Walter Lee Evans of Auburn Estates Road – had a suspended driver’s license.
The officer turned on his lights and siren, but instead of pulling over, the driver turned onto N.C. 42 East and continued to drive. The driver increased his speed, and the officer gave chase while calling for additional units from the Clayton Police Department and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver led officers into the Flowers Plantation area, where he made a sharp turn onto Buffalo Road, ran off the road and into a ditch, corrected his course and then continued to lead officers onto Covered Bridge Road.
After passing Pritchard Road, the drivers turned abruptly into a driveway, jumped out of the moving SUV and fled into the woods. A Sheriff`s Office K9 unit tracked the driver into the woods, accompanied by another sheriff’s deputy, a second Clayton unit and the Clayton officer who originally began the pursuit. Moments later, the K9 unit located the driver on the ground, and officers placed him under arrest.
Evans is charged with driving while impaired, fleeing to elude arrest, resisting an officer and driving while his license was revoked. He is in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $65,000 secured bond.