Police Release Name, More Information On Jacksonville Chase

Police have released the name of a man they say led them on a vehicle chase after shoplifting at Walmart.

Matthew Duncan, 22, of Jacksonville is facing numerous charges after being tazed by police.

Jacksonville police say it began around 4:45 p.m.at the Yopp Road Walmart. Police pulled over a suspect vehicle entering the Highway 17 bypass. As the officer approached, the driver drove down a steep embankment and went westbound on the highway.

The vehicle was spotted in the Triangle area, but wouldn't stop for police. It drove through the New River and Bell Fork Homes area. Eventually, the vehicle drove toward Northwoods Shopping Center, where police say Duncan abandoned the vehicle and tried to run.

After being tazed, police say Duncan fell and hit his face on the pavement.

Once released from the hospital, Duncan was charged with the following:

Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest
Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren ( 3 counts)
Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances
Resist, Obstruct, Delay a Public Officer (2 counts)
Providing Fictitious Information to Law Enforcement Officer
Safe Movement Violation
Driving Left of Center
Impeding Traffic
Driving Through a Center Median

Duncan is being held on $22,000 secured bond.

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A man was taken into custody after a short vehicle chase Tuesday night that Jacksonville Police say started after a shoplifting report at a Walmart and ended with the man tazed and a drug investigation.

Jacksonville Police say just after 5:00 p.m. they spotted a suspect fleeing in his silver pickup from the Yopp Road Walmart after police say the driver shoplifted from the store.

They followed him on the Highway 17 bypass for a few miles and into the Northwoods Shopping Center at Onslow Drive and Henderson Drive.

The driver parked in front of the J and L Country Buffet and took off on foot.

An officer tazed him and he fell and hit his face on the pavement.

He was taken away in an ambulance.

Police say they also found narcotics at the scene.

The driver's name and any charges have not been released at this time.