Authorities identify man wanted after high-speed chase, crash

Authorities identify man wanted after high-speed chase, crash
James Lewis

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WMBF) – One person is in custody and another is wanted following a high-speed chase Tuesday that ended in Robeson County.

According to a news release from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County deputies were attempting to stop a vehicle that was involved in a break-in.

“We received a call from a neighbor of suspicious activity at a home where the homeowner was out of town,” said Bladen County Sheriff McVicker. “When my deputy went to check out the area he saw a vehicle near the residence and when he went to investigate the car took off driving very erratically and at a high speed.”

The suspects fled after crashing into several cars - including a deputy’s cruiser - near Tarheel Road and N.C. 41, the release states.

(Source: Sheriff Burnis Wilkins)

Deputies searched the vehicle that the suspects were in and said they recovered two weapons, one of which was reported stolen earlier. Property was also recovered from the home where the break-in occurred, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested Michael Chavis, 33, a short distance away. He is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felony, larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and two counts of possession of stolen goods.

Michael Chavis
Michael Chavis

Authorities identified the second suspect as 37-year-old James Lewis. He ran into the woods near Littlefield School.

A Bladen County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was used to search for Lewis, the release states. The search was called off and Lewis is still on the run. He will face the same charges as Chavis.

“I wish to thank the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for their assistance in this matter, said McVicker. “Their quick response to our request for help was instrumental in the arrest of Chavis and discovering the identity of Lewis.”

McVicker urges the public to call either the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office or the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office if they have information on the whereabouts of Lewis.

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