A Vance County man was being held in lieu of $798,000 bail Monday after a traffic stop by Raleigh police early Sunday turned up more than a dozen arrest warrants for failure to appear in court on felony charges in nine counties in 2013, 2014 and this year.
Police were not looking for Brad Wesley Chandler of 314 Clark St. in Henderson when they stopped the car he was driving at Bailey Drive and Charles Street in a neighborhood east of Hammond Road in the southern part of the city about 3:30 a.m.
They might not have. One of the charges against Chandler was that he initially gave officers identification that said they were talking to his brother, Todd Chandler.
When police determined who he really was and put him under arrest for identity theft, he tried to run away from them, according to arrest warrants. He was charged with resisting arrest and also with assaulting a government employee for what the warrants said was struggling with one of the officers.
A computer check showed that judges in Wake, Durham, Nash, Onslow, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Pitt and Cabarrus counties had issued arrest orders saying that Chandler skipped court dates to deal with charges, almost all for larceny. Jail records list Chandler as being held on warrants covering appearances on 23 felony charges and four based on misdemeanor charges.
In Cabarrus County, the arrest warrant listed the charge against Chandler as being a fugitive from another state. He was charged in Wake County in 2011 with being a fugitive from justice in Georgia.
The Wake County charges discovered Sunday involve two larceny counts, driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.
Some of the charges were based on arrest warrants obtained by police and others were in grand jury indictments, the records showed.
Police frequently go looking for people who have been ordered to be arrested for not making it to court when they were supposed to, but police spokesman Jim Sughrue said officers stopped Chandler only for driving.
Chandler was to appear before a judge Monday.