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Traffic stop leads to capture of fugitive

A home on Anderson Street in Whiteville was damaged as a fugitive from Georgia attempted to flee from police.

Whiteville Police Sgt. Cameron Lemmons was on routine patrol shortly before 8 p.m. when he spotted a 1995 Ford Explorer with expired tags and initiated a traffic stop, according to a statement from Whiteville Police.

The driver of the truck, Jerry Atkinson Jr., 44, of Clarkton, refused to stop for police, and sparking a brief chase.

Atkinson reportedly pulled into a driveway on Anderson Street and jumped from the vehicle, the report said. The Ford then crashed into the carport of a residence.

Atkinson was captured after a brief foot chase.

Caitlyn Hobbs was arrested after allegedly fighting with officers attempting to arrest Jerry Atkinson.

Atkinson was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, injury to property, and a traffic violation. He was also charged with being a fugitive from Georgia. He was held under a secured bond of $12,000.

The passenger in the truck, Caitlyn Hobbs, 18, of Whiteville and Clarkton, was charged with assault on a government official. She was held under a $1,000 secured bond.

Atkinson and Hobbs shared the same Clarkton address, 33 Sable Run Trail, Clarkton.

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