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Man accused of harassing ex-senator nabbed in SC

Posted March 1, 2011 11:14 a.m. EST
Updated March 1, 2011 11:51 a.m. EST

— A man who was arrested recently at the home of former Sen. R.C. Soles and was wanted in a similar case was arrested late Monday in South Carolina, authorities said Tuesday.

B.J. Wright, 24, was wanted on charges of trespassing, damage to property and fleeing police.

An anonymous tip led Horry County, S.C. deputies to arrest Wright as he was running from a house near Loris, S.C., authorities said.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said Wright waived extradition and was on his way back to North Carolina on Tuesday morning. He would be held in the county jail under a $1 million bond, the sheriff said.

Tabor City police responded to a disturbance at Soles' home late Saturday and chased off a man they identified as Wright three times. Soles fired a shot at Wright once during the incident, and two officers were injured in the chases, police said.

Wright eventually jumped into Lake Tabor, police said, and officers lost track of him. They found only his clothes left behind.

Wright, a former legal client of Soles, has been involved in previous incidents at the former lawmaker's home.

Last month, police arrested him outside the house and charged him with vandalism. Two years ago, he and a friend were beating on Soles' front door when Soles opened fire and shot the other man in the leg.