Vehicle chase in Raeford ends in crash, two arrested

Shown is a police car with flashing lights. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

RAEFORD — Two Cumberland County men were arrested in Raeford last Tuesday following a vehicle chase with deputies from the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office. 

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, the chase began shortly following a joint operation involving the Hoke County Violent Crimes Task Force, Special Operations Unit, and Criminal Interdiction Team near the Wayside Road area. 

Deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle driving through the Wedgefield community and attempted to pull the vehicle over. 

The driver of the vehicle attempted to flee the deputies by turning down Wayside Road and driving at speeds up to 80 mph, according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver lost control at some point around the 1100 Block of Wayside Road when they swerved and struck a utility pole, bringing an end to the car chase. The two occupants emerged from the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot but were eventually chased down and apprehended by officers. 

Nizhan Davis, 18, of Fayetteville, and Javien Russel, 19, of Hope Mills, were both arrested. Officers said that they also found a firearm and narcotics at the scene.

Russel has been charged with fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and endangering the public, and resisting a public officer. He has taken to the Hoke County Detention Center, where he was held on a $25,000 secured bond. Davis was charged with resisting a public officer and possession of marijuana. He was given a secured bond of $2,500. 

The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office reported that no serious injuries were sustained in the collusion by the occupants of the vehicle or members of the public. The crash did, however, knock out power in the area for a couple of hours.