Wanted Person Arrested After Chase Involving Stolen Dirt Bike

CLAYTON – A wanted Johnston County man was arrested Sunday, May 22 following a high speed chase in the Clayton city limits.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to located Dylan Wayne Shirley, age 29, of Cove Lane, Four Oaks on outstanding felony arrest warrants. Deputies received a tip Sunday afternoon that Shirley was at an address on Old Highway 70 West in Clayton.

Deputies went to the address and determined Shirley had left minutes earlier on a dirt bike. While deputies were still at the home, Shirley reportedly drove by on Old Highway 70 headed towards Clayton.

Officers got behind the dirt bike and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Shirley reportedly failed to pull over, leading deputies and Clayton Police on a chase on several streets. While traveling on N. O’Neil Street, the fleeing suspect turned off the highway to attempt to travel through a grassy area.

He reportedly did not see a metal t-post in front of him. The dirt bike collided with the t-post ejecting Shirley. He was arrested without further incident.

Sheriff’s deputies determined the dirt bike involved in the pursuit had been reported stolen to NC State University Police in Raleigh.

Shirley was also wanted for stealing a motorcycle between March 26-29 from a home in the 3100 block of NC Highway 96 South, Four Oaks.

On April 8, Shirley was reportedly caught by Garner Police operating a Ford F-250 truck that had been reported stolen from R.A. Jackson Electrical of Benson. The truck had been previously reported stolen from a home in the 4100 block of Hockaday Road, Four Oaks. Shirley fled on foot and eluded Garner Police.

During his apprehension on Sunday, 6.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located in Shirley’s pants.

Dylan Shirley was held on a $270,000 secured bond on multiple charges including fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny, reckless driving, speeding, possession of methamphetamine, failure to appear for obtaining property by false pretense, and felony probation violation.


  1. Wow, why doesn’t this POS get a job and buy one. No he has to take what does not belong to him. I hope he gets what’s coming to him.

  2. Wish they catch all drug dealers. That is what causes these people to do bad things. They don’t have a clear mind. We have to remember he is someone family and that could be us or one of our family members.

  3. I knew this guy in high school. Use to think highly of him. Had some good laughs out on 39. Now I couldn’t care less.

    • J P some people make bad decisions and get caught up in the wrong crowd of people. Got family members myself addicted to drugs. Drugs make you do things you wouldn’t think about doing with a clear mind. You got kiddos? If so I hope they don’t be turning out like this. You don’t know what your kiddos will do when they grown. You say you can care less. Man that is sad. I glad Christ does not say that about people that mess up. You ever mess up in life? Some folks it take longer to get their mess together.

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