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Man sentenced after grabbing cash, leading cops on chase

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OXFORD — A man has been labeled a habitual felon and will spend up to eight years in prison related to an incident in which he led officers on a car chase.

According to a press release from District Attorney Mike Waters office, Detroy Lamar Evans grabbed a stack of $20 bills from the cash register of a Speedway in Creedmoor. Witnesses called 911 to give a description of Evans as he fled.

A Granville County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw Evans’ vehicle on Interstate 85 and tried to start a traffic stop, but Evans fled in his vehicle before ultimately crashing. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, the release said.

Evans was matched to the crime from security footage at the store.

In Granville County Superior Court last month, Evans pleaded guilty to felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and to being a habitual felon.

Judge John M. Dunlow sentenced Evans to 70-96 months in prison. The sentence is expected to begin May 2021, when Evans completes an unrelated prison sentence he is currently serving.

The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Allison S. Capps, Michael W. Putney Jr. and Brent W. Groce.