High-speed chase leads to trafficking charges

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A Mount Olive area man is facing a slew of charges, including two counts of drug trafficking, after leading officers on a high-speed chase with his motorcycle, according to police.

Deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Thomas Sterling Gardner Jr. of 432 Scott’s Store Road.

Gardner is charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possessing meth and possessing a controlled substance that was found when he was being booked into the Wayne County Detention Center. He was being held there in lieu of a $200,000 bond.

Other charges resulted from a chase when police say he failed to stop at a traffic check and fled on his motorcycle.

Those violations include counts of felony fleeing to elude arrest, possessing drug paraphernalia, careless and reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, failure to stop at a stop sign, traveling at an unsafe speed and failure to maintain lane control.

The June 6 incident started when C shift deputies of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

Officers said Gardner failed to stop and led them on a chase for about 20 minutes, finally jumping off of the motorcycle and fleeing into nearby woods.

He was quickly located and taken into custody, according to a release from WCSO.

Officers of the department’s aggressive criminal enforcement team and the DWI Task Force assisted during the chase and apprehension.

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