Deputies Involved In Brief Pursuit With Dirt Bike

CLEVELAND – A 20 year-old man was arrested Sunday morning after reportedly leading deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on a brief pursuit. Around 3:00am, deputies responded to a report of a suspicious dirt bike or ATV traveling through a subdivision just off Cleveland Road. Officers were unable to locate the individual.

About 10 minutes later, a deputy spotted a Honda dirt bike operating without any headlights in the roadway near the intersection of Cleveland Road and Campus Drive. The officer turned on his blue light and siren to stop the operator as he turned onto Cleveland Road. The suspect refused to pull over.

After turning from Cleveland Road onto Allen Road, the suspect attempted to pull over and stop but as he was doing so the bike fell onto its side.

The driver, identified as Charles Hunter Lee of the 10700 block of Cleveland Road, was transported to the hospital for evaluation and a blood sample.

After his release, he was arrested and charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving after consuming under age 21, and driving on a revoked license. He was also served with a failure to appear warrant from Wayne County on a 2020 charge of underage consumption of alcohol.

Lee was held in the Johnston County Jail under a $27,000 secured bond. The dirt bike was seized by law enforcement.

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