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Man charged with high-speed chase




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A Charlotte man is accused of trying to use a fake check at a Denver store Tuesday before leading deputies on a high-speed vehicular chase into oncoming traffic.

According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release, Valentine Herbert Smith and another man tried to use a personal check to purchase $230 worth of items at Walgreens pharmacy, located at 7385 N.C. 73.

After the check failed to process, deputies said the store clerk notified the manager who contacted 911.

When asked for identification, Smith gave store officials an ID card missing his last name, the release said.

A deputy arrived a short time later but said Smith fled the store property and headed north on N.C. 16, traveling down the wrong side of the highway. The second individual left the area on foot and has yet to be apprehended.

The deputy pursued Smith’s vehicle and was assisted a short time later by Det. Don Mauldin, who was also traveling in the area when he noticed Smith’s vehicle and immediately turned around to join the pursuit, the release said.

Deputies noted they eventually apprehended the suspect after he turned into the Smith Cove Road housing division and parked his vehicle, headlights off, at the end of the dead-end road.

Witnesses told officers they had just spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed pass their residence in the direction of the dead-end road.

Smith was talking on a cell phone sitting in the driver’s side seat when deputies approached his vehicle and took him into custody, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Smith, who lives at 6322 Hidden Forest Lane, was charged with one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Deputies additionally filed misdemeanor charges against him for resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer, having a false/fictitious name/address on a registration application, speeding while attempting to elude arrest and conspiracy.

He remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond and is set to make a first court appearance on the charges today.

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