First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON -- A Lumberton man was arrested on multiple charges early this morning after he fled from a Booze It or Lose It checkpoint and led law enforcement officers on a chase of more than 20 miles on Interstate 95 that involved speeds in excess of 100 mph.
The chased ended when 26-year-old Gary Steven Littleton wrecked the 2000 Mazda Miata he was driving struck a fence at the end of a dead-end road. Littleton fled on foot, but was captured by highway patrolmen and deputies from Robeson and Cumberland counties. Littleton began vomiting after his capture.
An ambulance was summoned, but Littleton refused treatment. No officers involved in the chase were injured.
According to police Capt. Sam Lockley, Littleton fled after approaching a checkpoint on U.S. 301 near Robeson Community College about 11:37 p.m. Lumberton police then chased Littleton north on I-95 until mile marker 38, when the state Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.
According to state Highway Patrol Sgt. J.A. Cotton, Littleton was arrested on Claude Lee Road after he wrecked the Miata. Details of the wreck were not available this morning. Littleton was traveling alone.
Littleton, of 110 Carol Circle, was charged with driving while his license was revoked, driving while impaired, speeding to elude arrest at 110 mph in a posted 65-mph speed limit, damage to state property, careless and reckless driving and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The damage to state property was a median on the interstate. The car belonged to a friend of Littleton's.
Littleton was jailed under $3,000 bail and was still in jail this morning.
Lockley said the Highway Patrol and the Lumberton Police Department issued 75 traffic violations during the Booze It or Lose It program from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Details of the arrests were not available this morning.