Lee County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men Tuesday after they were allegedly caught breaking into a business on N.C. 87 and then led a chase into Harnett County and back.
Idress Samad Danzey, 30, of Lillington, is charged with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, safecracking, and injury to personal property, while Jermain Antwan Newkirk, 32, of Sanford, is charged with fleeing to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, failure to heed lights and siren, failure to maintain lane control, breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, safecracking, injury to personal property, and a seatbelt violation.
Deputies responded around 2:25 a.m. on Tuesday to 5654 N.C. 87 after receiving a call for breaking and entering at the Lee County Online Sales and Rewards Center. When they arrived, they located a vehicle leaving the address and attempted to make an investigative stop, but the vehicle fled south.
Deputies chased the vehicle into Harnett County, and at some point Danzey exited the vehicle and fled on foot, while Newkirk continued driving. Danzey was apprehended in a wooded area, and Newkirk continued back into Lee County. The chase ended when Newkirk struck a tree on Avent’s Ferry Road near Sloan Lane.
Newkirk was taken to UNC Hospital, but immediately checked himself out.
Danzey was jailed on a $40,000 secured bond, while Newkirk received $55,000 secured bond.