A Sampson County man remained in jail late Monday afternoon facing myriad charges in two counties following a high-speed chase over the weekend that ended with a wreck near Erwin and the eventual discovery of the suspect who fled the accident and then hid a short distance away.
Anthony Joe Hall, 36, of 245 Anthony Lane, Salemburg is charged in Sampson with two counts flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, two counts reckless driving to endanger; three counts driving while license revoked, two counts resisting public officer, two counts speeding and one count each of aggressive driving, failure to reduce speed, failure to stop for a red light and failure to stop at a flashing red light, In addition, outstanding failure to appear warrants for driving while license revoked and speeding were leveled once he was taken into custody.
According to Sampson Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, Hall also faces charges from the Dunn and Erwin police departments that include speeding, resisting public officer, speed to elude, reckless driving to endanger, failure to stop for a red light and driving while license revoked.
His arrest came on the heels of a two-county chase that began after Sampson Sheriff’s deputy Chad Sessoms spotted Hall driving a gray Dodge truck while the officer was patrolling the area of U.S. 421 and Odum Road.
“As the officer was patrolling the zone, he noticed a gray Dodge truck. As the truck passed, he recognized Anthony Hall as the driver and knew that he had a revoked license. He also recognized him as someone who had outstanding warrants against him,” Smith said.
At that point, the deputy turned on his lights in an attempt to stop Hall.
Instead of pulling over, however, Hall reportedly sped up, Sessoms now in pursuit as the two vehicle traveled down U.S. 421 toward Harnett County.
Smith said additional Sampson officers were called to assist and Dunn police officers fell into the chase as it entered the city limits.
Eventually Erwin police got involved, as Hall’s pickup continued from Dunn, sometimes with the truck climbing to speeds of 80 mph, Smith said.
Just beyond the Wal-Mart, inside the Erwin city limits, Hall reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of Red Hill Church Road and U.S. 421 and was struck by a van. The van, Smith said, hit the truck’s bed, sending it careening into the guardrail.
“At that point the driver fled the vehicle,” Smith said.
A search ensued and Hall as located a short time later reportedly found a short distance from the accident scene, hiding between two vehicles. He was immediately taken into custody.
Smith praised Sessoms for his “heads-up” work in noticing the truck’s driver and realizing that he both had no license and had outstanding warrants against him.
“It was outstanding work on our officer’s part,” Smith said, adding a thanks to Dunn and Erwin law enforcement for their assistance.
Hall was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center where he was placed under a $36,000 bond for the Sampson charges. He is expected to make his first appearance in District Court here March 14.
No further information was available on bonds leveled in Dunn or Erwin.