A local man with a prior record is behind bars in Edgecombe County after he fled from a driver’s license checkpoint earlier this week and led law enforcement on a chase that exceeded 100 mph and ended in a residential area in Rocky Mount.

Freddie Lee Augustus, 27, is charged with one count of felony fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Augustus is charged with speeding, reckless driving, driving while his license was revoked and resisting a public officer, the sheriff’s office said.

Augustus was driving at least 100 mph in a 50-mph zone, statewide judicial system records online said.

Augustus was jailed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center, the sheriff’s office said.


Bond for Augustus is set at $84,500, secured, statewide judicial system records online said.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies on Tuesday put the checkpoint in place on East Tarboro Road, which is in the Sharpsburg area, and a driver of a Dodge Charger pulled up to the deputies but sped away. What followed was a pursuit that ended on Tanglewood Road in the northwestern part of Rocky Mount.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rocky Mount police officers assisting in the pursuit caught Augustus after he jumped from the car and tried to run away.

Augustus had listed an address in the 200 block of Thunder Road in Rocky Mount, statewide judicial system records online said.

State Public Safety records said Augustus was convicted in 2016 in Edgecombe County for use/possession of drug paraphernalia.