Suspect who fled checkpoint found hiding in hospital room

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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A Scotland Neck man was apprehended Monday inside a hospital room after reportedly fleeing a police checkpoint.

Tarboro police Sgt. Al Braxton said officers were working a driver’s license checkpoint around 8 p.m. Monday on St. Andrew St. near Beechwood Drive when they attempted to stop a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. Police said the driver drove off and led officers on a short pursuit before the suspect jumped from his car and ran away.

A K-9 officer was called in to track the suspect and led officials to Vidant Medical Center, where hospital security officers found the man in a patient’s room on the second floor. The suspect was taken into custody and his vehicle was seized.

During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, police reportedly found a small straw with cocaine in it, multiple packages of marijuana, a scale and a grinder – all of which were seized.

Swante Ramon Wiggins, 35, was charged with flee to elude arrest, reckless driving, driving while license revoked, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for the storage of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, fictitious registration plate, failure to register a vehicle and an insurance violation.

Wiggins also was served with three outstanding failure to appear charges and was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $18,000 secured bond.


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All those charges and not one, not two but three outstanding warrants and he gets only an $18,000 bond? By now his friends and family have bonded him out, been paid back by him and he has bought a new scale and hoopty and is back in business! Shame on you magistrate.

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