CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A K-9 officer helped Johnston County law enforcement catch a suspect Wednesday who led Clayton police on a chase.
A Clayton police officer ran the plates on a black Ford Explorer while on patrol in the area of U.S. 70 Business Highway near N.C. 42. The search revealed the driver, Walter Lee Evans, had a suspended license, authorities said.
The officer turned on his lights and siren but Evans did not stop.
The officer gave chase and called in for additional units from Clayton Police and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
The chase continued onto Covered Bridge Road where Evans turned into a driveway near Pritchard Road.
Evans jumped from his Explorer and ran into nearby woods.
A K-9 unit with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, along with deputies and members of the Clayton Police Department, were present when Evans was found in the wooded area.
Evans was charged with driving while impaired, felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer and driving while license revoked.
He is in the Johnston County Detention Center on a $65,000 secured bond.