HENDERSON — Authorities have charged a man accused of leading sheriff’s deputies and police on a car chase through southwest Henderson on Dec. 23 with two counts of second-degree kidnapping and a host of other crimes.
Bond for Paul Z. Pearce was set at $535,000, and he is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 28, Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said Tuesday.
In addition to the kidnapping counts, Pearce faces charges of fleeing with a motor vehicle to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, attempted common-law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, resisting a public officer, first-degree trespass, injury to personal property, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, assault inflicting physical injury to a law-enforcement officer and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Brame said the investigation into the incident is continuing.
Last week’s chase saw the man police and sheriff’s deputies were chasing wreck two vehicles, one of them stolen from the curbside of a Henderson street, and try to carjack a third that was occupied by two women.
The second of the two wrecks happened after the driver clipped a fire hydrant and a utility pole before hitting a Vance County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.
Deputies involved in the chase learned that Pearce was wanted in Wake County on felony drug charges.
Brame also said Tuesday that his office’s narcotics and fugitive-apprehension units had arrested a man who now faces charges of trafficking heroin.
Djhante Blash, 18, also faces charges of marijuana possession and maintaining a dwelling to sell drugs. His bond was set at $125,000.
The arrest — unrelated to last week’s car chase — came after deputies served a search warrant at a mobile-home park off New Bethel Church Road near Epsom.
Deputies “recovered” three assault rifles following the search, Brame said.
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