JACKSON SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) — Residents were warned Tuesday to lock their doors while a manhunt was underway for several hours for a possibly “armed and dangerous” ex-con fugitive who fled from police after wrecking his car on NC Highway 73 in Moore County on Tuesday afternoon, officials say.
After about 7 hours and using a helicopter and K-9 units, authorities said they managed to find convicted felon Derrick Delmont Malloy just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
He was wanted on several warrants and left “behind a large quantity of crack cocaine in the vehicle” after the crash on Tuesday, police said.
The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. near 5532 NC Highway 73 when a NC State Trooper attempted to stop a vehicle, the Aberdeen Times reported.
According to law enforcement officials on the scene, a NC State Highway Patrol trooper first saw Malloy driving a car in the opposite direction of the Trooper.
The officer turned around and tried to catch up to the Malloy’s vehicle when Malloy ran off of the road and hit a tree, Southern Pines Police said.
Malloy jumped from the car and ran into nearby woods, officials said. Malloy was wanted for several cocaine charges and charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction, officials said.
Malloy was likely hurt in the crash and could seek medical attention, police said, but they warned the public not to help him.
They also said that Malloy was armed and dangerous.
“Do not approach, detain or attempt to apprehend Derrick Delmont Malloy but rather call 911 immediately,” Southern Pines Police said while Malloy was on the run.
By 4:15 p.m., several law enforcement agencies converged on the area of NC Highway 73 and Provost Road in Jackson Springs.
Officers used a K-9 to track Malloy along with a NC State Highway Patrol helicopter.
Earlier Tuesday, armed law enforcement officers could be seen spread out on NC Highway 73 and side roads in the are where the vehicle crashed.
The NC State Highway Patrol, Moore County Sheriff’s Department, Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, and the Southern Pines Police Department responded to the incident.