Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email Posted by Laura Sinacori - email Updated by Debra Worley - email
TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - The Tabor City teen arrested and charged with fraudulently setting fire to his own home was arrested again Sunday night.
According to witnesses, a high speed chase took place on Carolina Road in Tabor City before the arrest of 17-year-old Allen Strickland.
Captain Folley with the Tabor City Police department said Strickland did a U-turn in the middle of the road, and then fish tailed his corvette several times during the chase, which reached speeds of 75 mph.
Resident David Watts was driving along Hwy 904 in a 15 mph zone, when he says Strickland practically ran him off the road.
According to Folley, Strickland nearly crashed on Barry Street and almost hit two vehicles and pedestrians. The chase ended on Carolina Road, just before the South Carolina state line, which is feet away from the Watt's home.
According to Watts, his father and uncle said they saw someone run into the woods, but proving that Strickland was behind the wheel may be tricky. Tabor City has a no chase policy and no officer reported seeing Strickland flee the scene.
Strickland went to the Tabor City Police Department Sunday night and reported his vehicle had been stolen. He was arrested while he was at the police station.
Strickland was arrested at the police station and charged with the following:
felony to elude arrest
no operators license
careless and reckless driving
falsely reporting theft of a motor vehicle
The teen made his first court appearance for these charges Monday morning in Columbus County. The judge revoked Strickland's initial bond, which he posted himself a few hours after the arrest. The teen's bond has been changed to $500,000.
Investigators were at P&C Wrecker Monday searching the Corvette for evidence and dusting for fingerprints.
Strickland faced a judge last week on two felony charges, including charges of burning down his own home which was paid for by State Senator R.C. Soles.