An attempt by a driver to avoid an Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office driver’s license checkpoint led to a more than 40-mile pursuit before the suspect stopped and surrendered.

Edgecombe County deputies on Tuesday were conducting a driver’s license checking station operation on South Shiloh Farm Road in Tarboro when deputies noticed a grey SUV turn around and drive away at a high rate of speed.

As the vehicle drove away, deputies engaged in a vehicle pursuit that traveled through the southern part of the county and entered Wilson County. At that point, units from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Wilson Police Department engaged and assisted with the pursuit.

As the pursuit continued inside the Wilson city limits, the suspect, 25-year-old Quandarian D. Lucas, suddenly stopped fleeing at the Triangle Village Convenient Mart in downtown Wilson and was taken into custody without incident.

Lucas was transported back to Edgecombe County, where he was charged with a number of traffic violations and issued a $20,000 secured bond.

The pursuit totaled more than 40 miles in both Edgecombe and Wilson counties.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office expressed appreciation for the assistance and teamwork from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Wilson Police Department during the pursuit.