Saturday chase through city ends in arrest

Roderick Terrell Powers (CCSO photo)
Roderick Terrell Powers (CCSO photo)

Multiple charges were filed against a Hamlet man after a high speed chase through Whiteville Saturday.

Rodrick Terrell Powers, 30, of Perry avenue, Hamlet, was held under $7,500 secured bond on multiple traffic charges, failure to heed blue light and siren, reckless endangerment, resisting and officer and breaking and entering. He was also cited with having an open container of alcohol, in the vehicle.  Jail reports show he was booked at 10:28 p.m. Saturday.

Roderick Terrell Powers

The sheriff’s office reported that a deputy spotted Powers passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone, and turned on his blue lights. Powers allegedly accelerated and sped away. At one point the chase hit speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.

The chase headed down Madison Avenue through the retail district, damaging one of the ornamental trees in the downtown area. 

“The car struck a tree during the incident, then continued fleeing,” CCSO Spokeswoman Michele Tatum said.

The chase continued through downtown, out Madison, toward the Lowes shopping center. Powers stopped the vehicle there and fled while it was still moving, Tatum said. Powers ran toward Powell Boulevard, and took refuge in an abandoned house. Deputies arrested him inside, Tatum said.

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