Man in court after weekend robbery and police chase

Man in court after weekend robbery and police chase

Eastern Carolina - Tremayne Arrington, 39, was in court Monday on charges related to a multi-county police chase and robbery over the weekend.

Morehead City Police say around eleven o'clock Saturday night Arrington pulled into the Murphy USA gas station on Highway 24 asking the store clerk for help with car trouble. When the clerk went to help police say that's when Arrington broke the law.

"He shoves the clerk back in to the office and grabs the money and jumps in his truck," said Morehead City Police Lieutenant, Kelly Guthrie.

After assaulting the clerk and robbing the store, Arrington sped off. Police were already in the area and were able to respond to the scene in minutes. Guthrie says the clerk was able to give a detailed description of the man, his truck and his license tag number. Morehead City Police immediately alerted law enforcement in the area to be on the lookout.

"I have to commend the clerk for getting a tag number and getting the subjects description and the description of the vehicle. that really helped us get him," said Guthrie.

Havelock Police Chief Wayne Cyrus says it was one of his officers that spotted the truck and the chase actually began in Havelock. New Bern resident Carrie Dixon was on her way home Saturday night and witnessed the chase along Highway 70 in James City, nearly twenty miles from where it began.

"A pickup truck went whipping by. There was dust and debris flying everywhere and about seven troopers following him," said Dixon. "It happened so fast. We just saw the lights in the distance and it was gone."

The chase continued into Pamlico County, an additional fifteen miles. After a failed attempt to stop the suspect with stop sticks in Reelsboro, things came to a head at the corner of Highways 55 and 306 in Grantsboro in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly. That's where Arrington was finally stopped and taken into custody.

While in court Monday, Arrington never said why he did what he did.

He's now facing felony charges of fleeing to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving and assault with a deadly weapon in multiple counties. Police say not only did he put his own life in danger but also the lives of law enforcement and others on the road. However, there were no injuries reported.

Arrington is being held in the Craven County jail under $300,000 bond. His next court date is August 1st.

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