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POLICE: Chase Suspect Wanted One More Cigarette

Police say a man who led them on a high speed chase Tuesday morning said he ran because he wanted to smoke one more cigarette before going to jail.

Richard Fodrie of Newport was charged with felony habitual DWI, felony speed to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, open container of alcohol, no license plate and speeding. Beaufort police say the 34-year-old blew a .08 on the intoxilyzer after his arrest.

An officer says he spotted Fodrie's van on Liveoak Street without a license plate. The officer began following the van, which began to speed up. The chase then began, with the van turning onto Highway 101, traveling at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Police say the van then stopped at Highway 101 and Old Winberry Road.

According to police, when asked why he fled, Fodrie said: "I knew I was going to jail and I wanted to smoke one more cigarette.”

Fodrie's bond was set at $10,000 and he did end up in jail.


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