Man charged after Main Street chase

By: By Beth Lawrence - Staff reporter
Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Police captured Joseph Anthony Pegues on Tuesday afternoon after a chase that led them down Atkinson and ended up in a yard at the corner of Atkinson and Midland Way.

LAURINBURG — Police apprehended a Laurinburg man with a long list of charges after a short foot chase Tuesday afternoon.

Joseph Anthony Peguese, 42, of 1007 Hammond Drive, was arrested on charges of fleeing police, drug possession and failure to appear for a number of outstanding warrants, according to Capt. Chris Young.

The chase occurred after police saw Peguese walking in the vicinity of City Express Convenience store on Main Street at around 4:30 p.m.

“They observed him coming from the store and knew him to be wanted; they pulled up to make contact with him at which time he took off fleeing on foot, and they gave chase on foot,” Young said. “He was wanted on failure to appear on multiple break ins. He had been previously charged on and he failed to appear in court, so he was wanted on a warrant signed by the judge for failure to appear.”

Peguese was stopped and taken into custody after a short foot chase with multiple officers responding. The chase led police across Atkinson Street through the yards of homes in the area before police caught up to him in the back yard of a home at the intersection of Midland Way and Atkinson Street.

K9 officers were brought in to search the area through which Pegues ran in order to make sure that he had not dropped or thrown out anything that might be dangerous to the public, according to Young.

Police vehicles lined up along the road and cause slight delays in traffic for about 45 minutes as the area was searched and arrangements made to transport Peguese.

Members of his family showed up and were allowed to talk to Peguese from the street.

“He gave them some property that he didn’t want taken when he went to jail. Officers checked it and it was fine to release,” Young said.

The family was allowed to speak to Peguese because the scene was secured and under control, according to Young.

Police said they searched Peguese and found cocaine and marijuana.

Peguese was arrested for resist delay and obstruct, warrants for failure to appear on multiple charges, fleeing police, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana and transported to the Scotland County Detention Center.

In November 2016, Pegues was charged with felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, felony larceny of a firearm, felony financial card theft, six counts of obtaining property by false pretense, nine counts of attempt to obtain property by false pretense, 12 counts of identity theft and misdemeanor larceny.

In April 2016, Peguese ran from police after they responded to reports of a disturbance at his home on Harrison Street. He was charged with resisting a public officer and possession of controlled substances on jail property after he was searched during the booking process and officers found three grams of crack cocaine. He was charged with several warrants for failure to appear at that time as well.

He was able to make bond following both arrests and failed to show up for his court dates on either, according to police.

Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Police captured Joseph Anthony Pegues on Tuesday afternoon after a chase that led them down Atkinson and ended up in a yard at the corner of Atkinson and Midland Way.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1__DSC1290.jpgKatelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Police captured Joseph Anthony Pegues on Tuesday afternoon after a chase that led them down Atkinson and ended up in a yard at the corner of Atkinson and Midland Way.

By Beth Lawrence

Staff reporter

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