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Teen tied to Sen. Soles charged with fleeing police

Posted August 31, 2009

— A 17-year-old who said state Sen. R.C. Soles helped him build a house and buy a Corvette is back in jail after being charged with fleeing police.

Allen Strickland, of 99 March Ave., was released on a $100,000 secured bond last week. The State Bureau of Investigation has charged him with setting the July 29 fire that burned the Tabor City home built with money from Soles, 74.

Officers police spotted Strickland driving around 4:20 a.m., though officers said he has no license, said Capt. Bean Foley with Tabor City police. Strickland roared away at speeds of at least 75 mph before wrecking the Corvette near the South Carolina line, police said.

Strickland wasn't in the car when officers found it, but he came into the police office that evening and said that his Corvette had been stolen, Foley said. He said evidence from the scene, though, indicated that Strickland had been driving during the chase.

Strickland was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, filing a false report of a theft of a motor vehicle, driving without an operators license and careless endangerment. He posted a $4,000 bond and has been released.

According to state Department of Correction records, Strickland was convicted of 10 motor vehicle violations in 2008.

Two weeks after the house fire, Soles became the subject of SBI investigation based on allegations from a 27-year-old man that Sole molested him more than a decade ago. Stacy Scott later recanted, saying he was under the influence of drugs when he made the allegations.

The SBI is also looking into an incident at Soles' home in which he shot a former legal client, Kyle Blackburn, 22.  A witness has said Soles acted in self-defense, and the SBI has not filed charges.


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  • jimmycrackcorn Sep 1, 2009


    This is not like the Republican Wide Stance bathroom guy or the Pedophile Congressional Page abuser...he has not been caught doing anything yet. You can't throw someone out of office until they are charged with a crime. Unlike Republicans, we see people as the perverts they are and are all too glad to kick them out of office if need be. We don't ,ake up excuses and let them quote biblical passages to weasel their way out of it.
    Besides Clinton of course. He was exempt. :)

  • ladyblue Sep 1, 2009

    I have but one question why is Sole still in office? Why wont't the democrats force their rotten senators outof office?

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Sep 1, 2009

    Senator Soles is either dumb as a rock for lending these guys money or he is buying them off to keep them quiet about either case he is not fit to make decisions regarding the laws and welfare of NC.

  • Professor Aug 31, 2009

    Is there more to this story with the Senator buying this young man a car, etc.?

  • Adelinthe Aug 31, 2009

    And why is this senator giving a 17 year old enough money to build a house and buy an expensive car???

    What did he give the politician in return???

    Smelling fishier and fishier.

    God bless.


  • ghimmy51 Aug 31, 2009

    Yup something funny here. At first the headline made me wonder why a guy was tied to a state senator. BTW this kid is a lost cause. Shame. Straighten out kid!

  • cocker_mom Aug 31, 2009

    For everyone that wishes Senator Soles would buy them a house and a car - my guess is if you are over 25, or female you are out of luck. The recipients of his generosity (if you can call it that) are all young males. Don't girls need Corvettes too?

    There are lots of folks that "help young people" and they don't end up with fires, and shootings and arrests.....

  • jimmycrackcorn Aug 31, 2009


    I am condeming this man for "Uh...he hasn't been charged or even accused of anything yet!!!!!"

    Once he is charged with something I will call for his head. Right now all i can do is insinuate that he is a pervert that is trying to pay off his victims with gifts.

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 31, 2009

    Who is posting all his bonds? I have never seen a lawyer who gave his clients a lot of money, its usually the other way around. trainloadr, very funny.

  • The Fox Aug 31, 2009

    LOL- trainloadr.