Officers nab Clayton man on second try; they say he eluded first attempt with high-speed chase

Michael Wood (U.S. Marshals Service)
Michael Wood (U.S. Marshals Service)

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A Clayton man who escaped police after a high-speed chase in September has been arrested after a multi-agency effort, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Michael Wood, 41, was facing charges stemming from an assault incident in March when Clayton police tried to arrest him Sept. 13 at his Clayton home, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

But rather than coming quietly, Wood tried to ram the officers’ vehicle, then sped off, leading officers from three law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase that ended in his escape, the marshals service said.

Wednesday evening, Clayton police officers and Johnston County sheriff’s deputies returned to Wood’s home on Will Court. During their attempt to arrest him, Wood “barricaded himself in a closet with a loaded 12 gauge shotgun,” according to the marshals service.

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Wood was taken to the Johnston County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

He is facing charges including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, according to authorities.

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