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Statesville man takes police on slow car chase, charged with revoked license

A Statesville man took police on a slow speed chase on Interstate 85 early Saturday morning and finally came to a stop near Peach Orchard Road after tossing something out of his window.

Salisbury Police charged Gary Wayne Benson, 39, of the 500 block of Greenway Drive, with driving while license revoked, and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, both are misdemeanors. Records show this is not the first time Benson has driven while his license was revoked. He has a number of convictions and a pending case for driving on a revoked license.

The incident occurred at 2:50 a.m. after an officer got behind a Toyota Camry that came back with an insurance violation. The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver continued, a report said.

The driver, later identified as Gary Benson, exited the interstate at Julian Road and made a sudden turn and got back onto the interstate heading southbound. Authorities said Benson tossed something out of the window near a wooded area and continued traveling 50 mph.

He got back onto the interstate and then exited near Peach Orchard Road. Officers were not able to find what was thrown from the car. The only thing found in the car was $3,790.

Benson was convicted Aug. 3, 2010 and Aug. 17, 2010 of driving while license revoked. In September 2010, Benson was convicted of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. A court convicted Benson in December 2010 of driving while license revoked.  In 2011, he was convicted of driving while license revoked, operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility. He’s also been charged with resisting arrest and misdemeanor larceny. On April 1, 2008 and April 2, 2008 Benson was convicted of driving while license revoked.

Benson has two pending 2014 cases in Lincoln County for driving while license revoked, fictitious/altered title or registration card or tag and driving a motor vehicle without registration.

Benson was issued a $1,500 secured bond that he paid at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office and was released.

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