25-year-old James William Canipe, III of Cranberry Trail in Vale has been arrested on outstanding warrants following a vehicle chase that went from western Lincoln County into Cleveland County. Canipe was charged with one felony count each of fleeing to elude arrest and second-degree kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count each of false imprisonment, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and failure to stop for a siren. He was also charged with driving while license revoked, hit & run with property damage, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, felony possession of a firearm, common law false imprisonment, careless & reckless driving and fictitious name or address on license. In addition, Canipe was charged with four probation violations.
At 2:00 a.m. yesterday (January 7), Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies saw a vehicle run through a stop sign and take off at a high rate of speed. Deputies recognized the vehicle and gave pursuit. Emergency equipment was activated and Officers followed the vehicle at speeds in excess of 80 miles an hour.
The chase continued into the town of Casar in Cleveland County. The suspect turned onto several streets and onto a dead-end road where the car crashed into a parked vehicle. The suspect jumped from the vehicle and ran into a wooded area. Deputies detained a female passenger, who confirmed that the driver was James William Canipe, III. Canipe was wanted in Lincoln County on drug charges. The female passenger told Officers she pleaded with Canipe to let her out of the vehicle, but he told her "no" and continued to hold her against her will.
Authorities in Cleveland County were notified. They responded with a K-9 unit and set up a perimeter. The K-9 unit quickly located Canipe, who was then taken into custody. No one was injured.
Canipe was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln Co. District Court today.