Fayetteville, N.C. — A man reported missing by his family Thursday was spotted by police Friday morning in Fayetteville, but getting him to cooperate took them more than two hours.
Fayetteville police said the man, whom they did not name, was spotted the man just after 7:30 a.m. When they tried to pull him over, he drove off. Officers followed him for about 20 minutes, then he crashed into a truck on U.S. Highway 301 South.
Police closed the southbound lanes of the road between Elk and Tom Starling roads while they tried to urge the driver to get out of his car.
Police Chief Harold Medlock said when officers approached, the man was heavily under the influence of narcotics and threatening himself by putting a small knife to his throat. Medlock said the man was incoherent.
The driver remained barricaded and traffic stalled until about 11 a.m. when police used three canisters of tear gas to shake him loose.
Medlock said the man is not facing any criminal charges, and that police were concerned only that the incident end safely. The man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.