Car chase leads to felony arrests
by Abbi Overfelt Editor
LAURINBURG — A passenger in a car that led officers on a chase in excess of 100 mph through Scotland County is being held under a $800,000 bond after he was found to have multiple felony charges in Mecklenburg County, including one stemming from cutting for the third time a court-ordered electronic monitoring device from his ankle.
According to Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones, Tomanta Quantez Simmons, 21, of 1124 B. Peach Lane in Butner, initially gave officers a false name after the rented Dodge Charger in which he was riding with 22-year-old DeMarcus Dontavion Dubose came to a stop Wednesday after Dubose led officers in a high-speed chase down U.S. 74.
“After we discovered his real name, we ran it and found he had multiple charges in Mecklenburg,” Jones said. Simmons was held in Scotland County until he could be picked up by Mecklenburg County authorities, Jones said.
Simmons faces charges of felony interfering with an electronic monitoring device, four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon as well as breaking and entering charges, Jones said.
According to WCNC, a Charlotte news station, Simmons was arrested at a Charlotte home last March, three days after he cut off a monitoring device during a court lunch break. On Nov. 9, 2010, Simmons removed a monitoring device and was captured three months later.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Simmons has previously faced charges of vandalism, drug possession, safecracking and theft of firearms.
Dubose remains in the Scotland County jail under a $45,000 bond.
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