Man who led police on short chase charged, expected in court
Alfonso Bethea (Source: New Hanover Co. Jail)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man who ran from police and crashed his car earlier this week is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday.
According to police, Alfonso Bethea is facing charges for assault on a female, failure to appear and speeding to elude arrest with aggravating factors.
Police had started to chase Bethea Monday morning on 23rd Street, but ended the pursuit after about a minute because of the wet conditions.
Bethea, who had three warrants for his arrest at the time, kept going and reached 70 mph on Blue Clay Road and crashed.
Corporal Kevin Smith says the police department did everything correctly when it comes to stopping the chase. He says, due to the slick roads and the small nature of the crime, the supervising officer was correct with his decision to terminate the chase.