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Dollar General suspect in high speed chase

By Jefferson Weaver


One of two alleged gunmen in the robbery of the Nakina Dollar General store is back in jail after leading deputies on a high speed chase.

Arrest records show that Seth Ryan Spivey, 23, of 409 Spivey Ward Rd., Tabor City, is being held under a $175,000 secured bond on a number of charges, including obtaining property by false pretense, fleeing to elude arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to his earlier charges from the armed robbery in April.

Spivey was arrested July 9 after detectives spotted him driving on Pleasant Plains Road, according to Michelle Tatum of the Sheriff’s Office. The officers knew Spivey did not have a valid driver’s license, the report said, and they initiated a traffic stop.

Seth Ryan Spivey

Spivey sped away down the curving country roads, exceeding speeds of 65 miles per hour at times. He finally came to a stop near the intersection of J.B. White Highway South and Pleasant Plains.

Investigators found drug paraphernalia in his clothing, the report said.

A records check showed Spivey had outstanding warrants for financial card theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. The bonding agency revoked his $100,000 bond from the armed robbery after the chase, Tatum said. The new charges carried a bond of $75,000.

Spivey and Christopher Aaron Blackwell were arrested in May for holding two Dollar General employees at gunpoint, and taking cash, cell phones and hundreds of cigarettes from the store. Spivey identified Blackwell after being arrested May 2. Blackwell was taken into custody after officers raided his home and found him hiding in a crawl space.

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