Chase leads to arrest of Sampson man

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
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A Roseboro man already facing charges for allegedly attempting to elude law enforcement in Texas has now been charged following a vehicle pursuit in Sampson County on Tuesday.

Bryan Oneal Wheeler, 30, of 2225 Boren Brick Road, Roseboro, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting public officer, failing to heed light or siren, false license/permit in committing a felony, injury to personal property, driving while license revoked and driving left of center.

Additionally, Wheeler received charges of simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond.

According to reports, Sampson Sheriff’s deputies were conducting a driver’s license checkpoint on Roseboro Highway near Marion Amos Road at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

”During the checkpoint, the driver presented the deputy with a fictitious driver’s license and the deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said. “When questioned, the driver fled from the checkpoint and deputies pursued after him.”

The vehicle, a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, attempted to evade deputies on several secondary roads and “once the driver began to drive erratic and deputies had the opportunity,” the deputy deployed the Pursuit Intervention Technique — “PIT” maneuver — in an attempt to disable the vehicle and prevent the driver from continuing to endanger other motorists. Smith called the driver, identified as Wheeler, as “erratic.”

During the PIT maneuver, minor damage was caused to the Jeep as well as a deputy’s vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Charger, which sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage.

Wheeler attempted to flee on foot following the impact. After a brief search of the area, the driver was located in the woods and taken into custody near Microwave Tower Road, Roseboro. During a search, 17.5 grams of marijuana was located inside the vehicle.

Wheeler was charged and it was found he was facing some other offenses from out of state.

“It was also discovered the driver was wanted out of the State of Texas for fleeing to elude police, but Texas would not extradite on those charges,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith.

Also taken into custody was a female passenger, Leeann Sue Treadwell, who had outstanding warrants for assault out of Cumberland County.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Wheeler was convicted in Sampson of driving while license revoked, operating a vehicle without insurance and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance. Those convictions came in 2009 and 2011, court records state.


Already facing offenses in Texas

By Chris Berendt

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