LEXINGTON, N.C. – A homicide and arson suspect is in police custody after leading officers on a high-speed chase across two states.
Authorities say 45-year-old Arthur Duvall Mims killed his estranged wife and shot a 16-year-old girl before setting the home on fire and fleeing the scene.
Police in North Carolina and South Carolina worked to piece together exactly what happened Tuesday morning.
Authorities say Mims fled Duncan, S.C., in the early-morning hours, beginning a 140-mile police chase up Interstate 85. Police tried to stop Mims by deploying stop sticks near Concord, but he kept driving.
"Three out of four tires were down. I understand the individual kept on coming on rims, and when he got into Davidson County, the front rims of the vehicle had disintegrated and he was just dragging the ground," Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said. "He just went as far as the vehicle could go."
The chase stopped near Lexington, closing both the northbound and southbound lanes for about three hours. The driver barricaded himself inside his car.
Negotiators were able to talk him out just before 9 a.m., but officers found the suspect drank nearly a gallon of bleach.
"A lot of bleach," Grice said. "He's been taken to Lexington Memorial Hospital and he'll probably be transported to Baptist Hospital for more testing."
Mims is in the custody of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. He's charged with murder and assault and battery with the intent to kill based on the incident in South Carolina.
"We have enough to charge him on a fugitive warrant. He will be served when he's capable of being transported," Grice said. "He will be taken before a judge to see if he will waive extradition. If refuses to, we'll go through the extradition process."