Police: Two charged in chases

By: By Beth Lawrence - Staff reporter

LAURINBRUG — Police say they have arrested two men after separate car chases that devolved into foot pursuits in the same day.

The first chase took place shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, according to Patrol Capt. Chris Young.

Jerry Lee Ellerbe, 28, of Memory Lane was arrested for fleeing police and drug and weapons violations after a vehicle chase that reached speeds of over 55 MPH inside city limits.

“The officer attempted a traffic stop near Wooster Street and the vehicle fled traveling through Laurinburg and out into the county,” Young said.

The car chase ended with a foot chase when the driver abandoned his Chevrolet Impala on Bronco Drive and ran from police into a home in the area, according to Young.

Ellerbe was arrested for felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of MDMA – a schedule IV drug and breaking and entering for fleeing into the house and given a $50,000 secured bond. He was also issued several traffic citations stemming from the car chase.

The second chase occurred at 10 p.m. when an officer attempted to pull over a car for running a stop sign.

Michael McLaurin, 27, of NC 130 in Maxton was arrested for fleeing, resisting arrest, and drug violations.

Police say they tried to stop McLaurin near Main and Wilson streets but he refused to pull over. After a short car chase, McLaurin pulled over and fled on foot but soon was overtaken by the officer.

“While he was running, he attempted to jump a fence and fell through the fence. That’s how they apprehended him,” Young said.

McLaurin was arrested for misdemeanor fleeing to elude arrest, resist delay and obstruct, misdemeanor injury to real property for the damage to the fence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and given a $7,500 secured bond.

During booking McLaurin was served with three outstanding warrants for assault on a female, communicating threats and probation violations and given no bond on those charges.

By Beth Lawrence

Staff reporter

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