Car chase suspect released from Duke, faces felony charges

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 06:38 PM

John Thomas Mann, the 25-year-old involved in a car chase and shooting with Vance County sheriff’s deputies Monday, has been jailed.

Mann, of 141 Spain Road, faces a felony charge of fleeing to elude arrest, felony assault of a government official with a deadly weapon, reckless driving and driving while license revoked, according to Sheriff Peter White. Mann was treated for two gunshots to the shoulder area and released from Duke University Medical Center into the custody of Vance deputies.

White said Tuesday arrangements were being made to transfer him to a state facility that could better monitor his injuries. Mann’s bond is set at $46,000.

Deputies sought to serve Mann with warrants charging larceny of a vehicle and obtaining property by fraud when the chase took place at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.

According to White, the chase ended in the woods near a boat launch off Flemingtown Road. Sgt. Tony Wallace fired several rounds and two struck Mann in the shoulder area.

“He was released from the hospital at about 9 p.m. and he is in our jail now,” White said. “He has those injuries, so we may transfer him to where they can better take care of him.”

White said another alternative is release on bail.

Wallace was placed on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation follows. White said a report is expected early next week.

White said Wallace fired because Mann drove his car toward him in a threatening manner.

According to state and county records, Mann is named in cases including more than 30 larceny and fraud-related charges.

He served 45 days in jail for an Oct. 22, 2007, incident of taking a vehicle; six to eight months for vehicle larceny convictions stemming from two incidents in March 2008; and 10 to 12 months consolidated for felony larceny convictions in 2010 that involved at least one vehicle theft.

Also in 2010, Mann was convicted on possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, receiving a 2½-year sentence that he served through Sept. 5, 2012, his latest reported imprisonment.

Mann also has five felony theft-related charges open in Vance County courts, with hearing dates this week and on July 9. The charges include breaking and entering, larceny, conspiracy, attempted breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

White said after the chase became bogged down in a circular run-around at the boat dock parking area, deputies deployed stop sticks to disable the vehicle. Mann then drove up into the woods.

At least three deputies gave pursuit on foot.


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