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Two-county chase nabs probationer wanted in break-ins

Posted April 22, 2011 9:29 a.m. EDT

— A probationer charged with break-ins in Harnett County fled from Clayton police Thursday but was arrested after a chase through two counties, police said.

Richard Cale Matthews refused to stop for Clayton officers around 4:15 p.m. and fled along N.C. Highway 42 into southwestern Johnston County, Clayton Police Chief Glen Allen said.

Matthews avoided stop sticks put down by state troopers at N.C. Highway 50 near Benson and went into Harnett County, Allen said. Police said Matthews eventually wrecked and tried to run away before Harnett County authorities caught him.

Johnston County sheriff's deputies also helped in the chase.

Clayton police charged Matthews, 33, of Erwin, with felony speeding to elude arrest and will likely file more charges. He was also served with three outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of felony breaking and entering, resisting a public officer and drug possession.

He was placed in the Harnett County jail.

Matthews was placed on probation in December after being convicted of felony drug possession, according to state Department of Correction records. He was also convicted of selling drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2003.