Suspect Arrested After Chase
Moore County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Saturday night who they say rammed four squad cars while attempting to evade capture on robbery charges.
Deputies disabled the man's mini-van with a spike strip and shot him with a Taser as he ran through the woods. He fell and struck his face on a tree.
Two deputies had to be hospitalized briefly to check for broken bones in their hands. They were examined and released after it was determined that no bones were broken.
Deputies and the Cameron police officers charged Issac Clifton Wilson, 25, with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two counts of felony speeding to elude arrest, two counts of careless and reckless driving and common law robbery.
Cameron Police Chief Gary McDonald called in help from the Sheriff's Office about 9:43 p.m. with an armed robbery at the Cameron Short Stop on old U.S. 1.
McDonald started chasing the suspect east down N.C. 24-27. According to the report, Wilson pulled his van into a driveway off Line Road, then backed into McDonald's car and got back on the highway.
Deputies joined the chase at Redhill Road. After heading onto Bryant Road and nearing T. Johnson Road, McDonald spun the van out, using a ram maneuver called the pursuit intervention technique (PIT), according to the report.
The suspect rammed a Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, made slight contact with another vehicle and rammed another deputy patrol car before speeding away, the report says.
He got back on N.C. 24-27 and headed toward U.S. 15-501. From U.S. 15-501, officers followed as he looped back onto Bryant Road. The chase continued through back roads toward Vass.
On Joel Road near U.S. 15-501, officers deployed a spike strip, which disabled the van's tires and caused Wilson to wreck. According to the report, Wilson then ran from the van into the woods.
A deputy shot Wilson with a Taser gun and he fell face-first into a tree. Officers then took Wilson into custody.
The pursuit had covered 20 miles through Cameron, Vass and Carthage.
Wilson's total bond was set at $150,000 on the charges from Cameron and the Sheriff's office, and his first court date is scheduled for Feb. 22.
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