A Charlotte man faces numerous charges in Lincoln County after he allegedly tried passing a fraudulent check at a store Tuesday night and then fled from police.
Authorities say the man drove the wrong way at one point during the pursuit. No injuries were reported.
The sheriff’s office says Valentine Herbert Smith, 45, was arrested after the car he was driving was found at the end of a dead-end road.
The series of events began when deputies were called by a clerk at a Walgreen store on N.C. 73 near Denver. The clerk said two men tried buying more than $230 worth of merchandise with a check that would not clear an electronic verification. The clerk contacted the store manager, who then called 911.
When deputies arrived, the two men got into a vehicle and drove off. Deputies say the driver of the vehicle went northbound in the southbound lanes of N.C. 16. Authorities say the driver of the vehicle then turned onto Smith Cove Road, which has a dead end.
A resident told deputies he saw a vehicle drive down the road at a high rate of speed toward the dead end, authorities say. Deputies found the vehicle at the end of the road, with the headlights off and the driver talking on a cell phone. Authorities were not able to find the second man.
Authorities say Smith was charged with uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses, both of which are felonies. he also was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer; false or fictitious name on a registration application; speeding while attempting to elude arrest; and conspiracy.
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