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Search continues for man who swam across creek to elude police

Arthur Charles Smith. (Credit: Red Springs PD)

After a vehicle pursuit, a man swam across a creek to evade police officers in Scotland County; the search for the man continues.

Police are searching for Arthur Charles Smith,26, after they say he swam across a creek in Scotland County to get away from them following a high-speed chase, according to Captain Kimothy Monroe with Red Springs police.

The chase started last Friday in the Red Springs area of Robeson County and ended in neighboring Scotland County.

Monroe issued the following news release on the chase:

On Friday November 30th at approx. 3:00pm., Officer Velez responded to the 211 laundromat located at 805 E. 4rth Ave in reference to a careless and reckless driver. The vehicle in question was a black Chevy Malibu. Officer Velez spotted the vehicle leaving the area and after the driver spotted the officer, the vehicle fled from the scene. The vehicle lead law enforcement into Robeson and Scotland counties at a high rate of speed. The N.C. Highway Patrol took over the pursuit as the suspect vehicle drove through stop signs without stopping and passed a stopped school bus. The suspect eventually lost control of his vehicle at Alma Road and both the driver and passenger ran from the scene and into the creek under the Alma Road bridge.
The passenger, 23 year old Michalla Jade McPherson of 4436 Hwy 57 in Little Rock S.C. was apprehended and arrested at the scene after being removed from the water. She was charged with Resisting a Public Officer and Aiding and Abetting the driver in the offense of Driving While Impaired. She was also charged with multiple traffic offenses by the highway patrol. She was subsequently placed in jail under a 1,000.00 bond.
The driver, 26 year old Arthur Charles Smith of 503 Hamlet Avenue managed to escape by quickly jumping in the creek and swimming away from officers. Arthur was positively identified as the driver and several warrants have been taken out against him as well. Both suspects appeared to be impaired by alcohol consumption.

If you have any information on Smith's whereabouts, your asked to call the Red Springs Police Department at 910-843-3454.

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