Drug agents with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Friday who had escaped on foot from a traffic stop in April after striking a Broadway police officer’s vehicle.
Charles Allen Crews, 43, of Spring Lake, faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine, fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a felon, and more. Lee County deputies, as well as agents from the State Bureau of Investigation and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, took him into custody Friday in the Erwin/Bunnlevel area of Harnett County after he had been a fugitive for more than a month.
According to a press release, Lee County drug agents had assisted the Broadway Police Department on April 20 with a traffic stop of Crews and Megan Carol Hair, who then intentionally struck the Broadway officer’s vehicle before both attempting to flee on foot. Hair, of Bunnlevel, was apprehended at the scene and charged with possession with intent to sell a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. At the time, officers found nearly three ounces of methamphetamine, about a quarter of an ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, and a small amount of marijuana.
While Crews was able to escape, officers did identify and secure warrants against him on the Lee County charges. According to Capt. Bryan Allen of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the three agencies went looking for Crews on Friday. He was located in a vehicle and attempted to flee a second time, but was unsuccessful. Inside the vehicle, officers discovered a shotgun and a small amount of methamphetamine.
At the time he was apprehended, he was also served with multiple warrants from Cumberland County, including one for trafficking methamphetamine there.
Because he was served with a warrant for violating parole, Crews received no bond on that charge. For the remaining charges in Lee, Harnett and Cumberland counties, Crews was held on $433,000 cumulative secured bond.