A man wanted for robbery and assaulting a police officer was arrested Tuesday after leading Johnston County deputies and North Carolina state troopers on a vehicle chase through Johnston and Wake counties.
Klein Andrew Lawrence, 32, of Hyattsville, Md., was wanted in Maryland and Washington, D.C., for assault on a police officer and two warrants for strong-arm robbery in Prince George’s County, Md., according to Lt. Jeff Gordon of the State Highway Patrol.
According to D.C. police, Lawrence allegedly stabbed a police officer in the neck after he was confronted for shoplifting at a supermarket.
A store clerk at a gas station at 3103 U.S. 70 East near Pine Level contacted the Pine Level Police Department to report a suspicious man sitting in a 2003 Mercedes Tuesday morning, Gordon said.
A Pine Level police officer responded and spoke with Lawrence. The officer believed the driver was impaired and also noticed several knives in the vehicle, according to the report.
When Lawrence was asked for his ID, he jumped in his vehicle and fled west on U.S. 70. Johnston deputies pursued Lawrence until he reached the Johnston-Wake county line, where they requested assistance from state troopers.
At Interstate 40’s exit 306, Jones Sausage Road, a Wake County-based trooper took over pursuit. The suspect led the trooper onto South Saunders Street in Raleigh, then Capital Boulevard, where his vehicle was eventually disabled at the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Interstate 540 about 8:30 a.m.
In addition to the out-of-state warrants, Lawrence also faces North Carolina charges of assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle) on a law enforcement officer, driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude a law enforcement officer, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit and run, careless and reckless driving and no operator’s license.
Lawrence was taken into custody after a short struggle with officers, Gordon said. Lawrence was transported to Wake Medical Center for observation before being processed at the Wake County Detention Center.
Abbie Bennett: 919-553-7234, Ext. 101; @AbbieRBennett