A man who led law enforcement agencies on a vehicle pursuit into Sampson County last week has had another charge tacked onto his laundry list of offenses.
Christopher Neil Walters, 40, of 5440 Wade Stedman Road, Fayetteville, was charged on a warrant out of Cumberland County with larceny of a motor vehicle, a felony offense. He received $10,000 secured bond for the additional charge, served Wednesday at the Sampson County Detention Center, where Walters is still in custody.
Walters was supposed to be on house arrest in Cumberland County, but reportedly cut off his ankle monitor July 10 and was on the run from authorities. At about 5:30 a.m. July 10, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Dunn Police Department when a vehicle pursuit Dunn officers were already engaged in entered Sampson County. Sampson deputies began their pursuit on North Spring Branch Road, Dunn, near the Sampson line.
Authorities said Walters had recently stolen the vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, from a gas station in Fayetteville while the owner of the vehicle was paying for fuel inside the business. Once in Sampson, officers deployed stop sticks on the stolen vehicle and were able to flatten one of the vehicles tires, but the vehicle continued to roll on with just three tires.
Deputies ultimately performed a “rolling road block,” a maneuver that closes all lanes of traffic by using pacing vehicles to block the flow. Walters attempted to ram the rear end of the lead deputy’s vehicle and then tried to force the secondary vehicle off of the roadway. Deputies responded with equal force, forcing the stolen vehicle off of the roadway, ending the pursuit immediately on Maxwell Road, just inside Cumberland.
Two patrol vehicles and the stolen vehicle were severely damaged as a result.
Walters was initially charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, speeding, failing to stop for stop sign/flashing red light, failure to wear seat belt and driving left of center.
His total bond was set at $372,500 secured. A passenger in the Silverado was released.
Walters has a laundry list of convictions dating back to 1999, having been convicted in cases in Cumberland, Sampson, Brunswick and Wake counties over the years. Walters is a habitual felon and has a probationary status that was listed as active at the time of his arrest last week.
Managing Editor Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 2587.