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Franklinton teacher charged with leading police on chase

Posted May 11, 2015

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— A Franklinton High School teacher was on paid leave Monday after a weekend arrest in which he reportedly led Youngsville police on a chase.

Isaac Stuart Welker, 38, was charged with driving while impaired, felony fleeing to elude and resisting arrest.

Youngsville police received a call about someone driving recklessly on Saturday night, and an officer spotted a car matching the description of the vehicle and began pursuit.

The car was riding on a wheel rim, with sparks flying, police said, and the driver refused to stop for the officer, police said. A chase ensued on U.S. Highway 1, with the State Highway Patrol and Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputies assisting.

The car finally came to a stop after a wheel fell off, police said. The car had a large tree limb hanging off its passenger side, they said.

Welker has worked for Franklin County Schools since August 2012, officials said.

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  • Jacob Smith May 13, 2015
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    "The car finally came to a stop after a wheel fell off, police said. The car had a large tree limb hanging off its passenger side, they said."

    LOL! So what does that prove? The guy had a flat on his way home from Walmart after buying a house plant.

    Ya'll think they might let him "convalesce" a day or two before interviewing - like the AMTRAK engineer?

  • Charlie Jaxon May 11, 2015
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    A perfect example of alcohol use by a so-called roll model in North Carolina. But it's this what the people on NC just love to see? Somebody drunk and arrested? I guess it must be ok since he didn't get arrest on sunday...

  • Douglas Spragins May 11, 2015
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    It was on Friday night and not Saturday night

  • Terry Watts May 11, 2015
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    Don't forget Criminology!

  • John Titor May 11, 2015
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    Seems like a fine upstanding citizen to me...

  • Kristi Bobbitt Coley May 11, 2015
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    HANDS ON ASSIGNMENT!

  • Jim Frei May 11, 2015
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    I see a teachable moment here involving physics, botany, mechanical engineering, and psychology...no need for him to lose his job.

  • Jeff Abbott May 11, 2015
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    Okay, sounds like he needs to be fired ASAP. Great role model for the kids right here folks.