Deputies said a Maiden man accused of methamphetamine possession led them on a foot chase through the woods after crashing a stolen vehicle into a tree Tuesday evening in Denver.
Deputies stopped Trent Brandon Carpenter’s vehicle around 7 p.m. on Eastwind Cove after noticing he had a fake license plate, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Not only did the suspect fail to give Deputy J. Little his correct information, offering a name and date of birth that CJ Leads revealed belonged to a different person, but also fled the scene after being asked to exit the vehicle, according to an agency press release.
Little called for backup shortly before Carpenter escaped the area.
Deputies pursued the man’s vehicle through the eastern part of the county until he crashed into a tree on Red Robin Trail, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Carpenter continued to elude law enforcement by jumping from his vehicle and into a nearby wooded area, losing deputies.
With assistance from two Catawba County officers, deputies later located him hiding under a blanket at a woman’s home near the crash site.
Officers said they found the woman’s contact after searching Carpenter’s vehicle, locating a cell phone he had used to text her.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies called the woman, who at first claimed she didn’t know Carpenter.
During his arrest, officers found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside his pocket and seized additonal evidence in the case including cell phones, laptops, a digital camera and butane torch.
They also learned from state troopers that the vehicle Carpenter crashed had been stolen from Hickory.
Troopers assisted in towing it to an area impound lot.
Carpenter, 28, remains in the Lincoln County jail under a $15,000 secured bond.
He faces one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, speeding to elude arrest and possession of stolen goods.
Deputies filed additional misdemeanor charges against him for possession of drug paraphernalia and giving false information to an officer.
Carpenter lives at 3950 Henry Dellinger Road.