A man led law enforcement officers on a brief car chase then a short foot pursuit before being apprehended.
SAFE Team deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a license checkpoint around 1:30pm Friday on Piney Grove Road off Highway 210 near the Harnett County line. A 2002 Chevy Blazer approached the checkpoint but failed to stop, accelerating as it sped past officers.
Deputies began pursuing the vehicle before the driver jumped and ran on Chisenhall Road.
Wayne Lee Howell, 26, of Ridge Road, Angier was quickly captured. He is facing multiple charges.
Officers allege Howell had several small bags of cocaine inside the SUV. While attempting to flee from officers, authorities believe Howell removed cocaine from several baggies and attempted to dissolve the drugs in a cup of Kool-Aid. He then reportedly tossed the empty bags out the window.
Howell was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia reckless driving, driving on a revoked license, stop sign violation, littering, resisting arrest and damage to property. The littering charge was for the alleged baggies tossed from the fleeing vehicle.
Officers seized the SUV, $1,400 in cash, and the cup of Kool-Aid as evidence.
Howell was incarcerated in the Johnston County Jail under an $80,000 bond.