LAURINBURG — A Maxton man and his girlfriend led police on a 45-mph, 1-mile car chase Thursday when they tried to drive away unnoticed after getting caught stealing from Walmart, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.
Joseph Wilkins and Tina Lowery, both 43, of 455 Isaiah Road in Maxton, were both arrested and placed in the Scotland County jail after the six-minute pursuit from the store to Midland Way.
Lowery, a passenger in the red Chevrolet truck, was charged with misdemeanor larceny and held under a $2,500 secured bond.
Wilkins was charged with larceny, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, failure to stop at a stop light, failure to stop at stop signs, left of center and careless and reckless driving. He is being held under a $7,750 secured bond.
Wilkins also faces charges for assault on a female for shoving a loss prevention officer when she tried to prevent the couple from leaving the store.
Police Capt. Terry Chavis said that officers were on their way to Walmart at about 5:45 p.m. when they passed the truck on Peden Street and turned around in attempt to make a stop, but Wilkins continued driving on West Boulevard, before turning and stopping on Midland Way.
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