Wanted motorcyclist charged with fleeing from police


A man fleeing from the Erwin Police, “because he thought he could get away,” is now in custody in the Harnett County Jail.

Erwin Police Chief Johnathon Johnson said Andrew Hodnik, 26, of Erwin told officers he made a run for it because he thought he could get away. The chief said Mr. Hodnik learned differently Saturday night.

It began on South 13th Street shortly after 9 p.m. Officers were doing traffic enforcement because they had received complaints of speeders in the area. They saw a motorcycle without working taillights and tried to stop the driver. The driver didn’t want to stop and a chase ensued. The chase went through neighboring Linden in Cumberland County and ended when the motorcycle driver wrecked after turning onto a dirt path, Trail Creek Drive.

The driver then tried to run away, but was chased down, Chief Johnson said.

The N.C. Highway Patrol and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

It turned out Mr. Hodnik was wanted in Cumberland County for trafficking opium or heroin, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s got new charges now. They are felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, failure to burn to a taillight, reckless driving to endanger, speeding and resisting a public officer. He is being held in the Harnett County Jail under a $130,000 secured bond.

“Nobody was hurt and that’s the main thing,” Chief Johnson said.




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