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Man in custody after chase, standoff in Fayetteville

Posted June 7, 2013

Law enforcement had a section of U.S. Highway 301 blocked in Fayetteville Friday morning.

— 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.


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  • SportsLover75 Jun 7, 2013

    He was the missing person. Guess he was so drugged up he didnt go home.. then when spotted by the law tried to run since he was under the influence of something. I just dont get how he is not facing any charges since he was on something and driving... that makes me scratch my head!

  • Obamacare for life Jun 7, 2013

    Should have let him save the tax payers some money.

    The missing person is still missing.

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 7, 2013

    "and that's all we get? strange way to end a story." - riverlover

    They're just setting us up for a sequel. :)

  • riverlover Jun 7, 2013

    and that's all we get? strange way to end a story.

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  • Tax Man Jun 7, 2013

    Did they find the "missing" person?