|Two-state chase leads to DeLuca capture|
|Thursday, 01 November 2007 19:53|
A police chase late last night led to the arrest of Johnson County fugitive Robert Randall DeLuca.
DeLuca jumped a fence of a Johnson County Detention Center on Octobter 13. Since then, deputies in Tennessee and North Carolina have been on the lookout.
Just before 11 p.m., officers in Johnson County spotted DeLuca in a 1993 Toyota SR-5 Truck with a fictitious tag.
Deputies pursued DeLuca at speeds between 70 and 80 miles per hour, reports say. DeLuca’s vehicle entered North Carolina on Kirby Branch Road.
As he reached the end of the road, DeLuca exited the vehicle on foot. Officers from Watauga and Johnson County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as a State Trooper and a K-9 tracked him down and took him into custody.
Deputies say DeLuca was apprehended in with less than 5 grams of methamphetamine on his person. The truck he was driving had a fictitious tag and was likely stolen from North Carolina, according to reports.
A North Carolina Fugitive From Justice Warrant was issued. Authorities expect DeLuca will be extradited to Tennessee shortly. In the meantime, he's being held on a $260,000 secured bond.
DeLuca was initially held in Johnson County for charges that included possession of methamphetamine and assaulting a police officer.
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