DUNN, North Carolina — The man charged with escaping police after a crash that closed northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Harnett County Thursday evening made his first court appearance and denied his right to a court-appointed attorney.
Raymond Lee Bryant Jr., 44, of Roseboro, is charged with driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude, resisting a public official and failure to heed to blue light and sirens.
He was driving a white 1996 Ford Ranger in a reckless manner. Bryant caused a wreck around 4:20 p.m. in Harnett County.
Bryant then got out of his truck and shot into the driver’s side window of a tractor-trailer that was stopped due to the crash, Sheriff Wayne Coats said during a press conference Thursday night.
The driver and passenger exited the tractor-trailer, and Bryant unsuccessfully tried to steal the tractor-trailer before stealing a pickup truck at gunpoint and fleeing north on I-95.
Highway Patrol said Bryant, who had two shotguns in his possession at the time, was taken into custody without incident near mile marker 149 in Nash County. Authorities also seized 11 ounces of marijuana from Bryant.
No one was injured.
He was being held under a $75,000 bond, and his next court appearance is scheduled for May 17.
If convicted on the charges, Bryant could face up to 42 months in prison.