Texas Fugitive Arrested At License Checkpoint

A 31 year-old man living in Benson, wanted on a fugitive warrant from Texas, was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office SAFE Team at a license checkpoint.

SAFE Team deputies had set up the random checking station Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Ridge Road and Clayton Road not far from the Harnett County line.   Officers said a car pulled up to the checkpoint and the driver said he didn’t have his license with him.

The driver provided his name and said there could be a warrant for his arrest. A routine background check determined the man, Edward Rene Rodriguez of Weeks Drive, was wanted on a fugitive warrant from Texas for felony parole violation stemming from an assault conviction.

Rodriguez was taken into custody and confined in the Johnston County Jail without bail pending extradition.