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NASHVILLE — A Wilson County man with a criminal record has been charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and fleeing from probation officials after leading lawmen in Nash County on a vehicle chase in the countryside on Thursday, authorities said.
Daniel Wischhusen, 29, of Lucama, was driving a Chevrolet S-10 pickup when he made an unsafe movement at about 7:15 p.m., prompting a Nashville police officer to try to halt him, Chief Anthony Puckett said.
The officer began pursuing Wischhusen on Oak Level Road near the junction of East Old Spring Hope Road. Although the pursuit only went for about a couple of miles, Wischhusen drove recklessly and the truck reached speeds of about 80 mph, Puckett said.
The truck ended up in a field and Wischhusen was unable to maneuver the vehicle out, Puckett said.
Both Wischhusen and a woman who had been riding in the pickup were detained by Nash County deputies after the two were found at a solid waste convenience center off N.C. 58, Puckett said.
Wischhusen was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center, Puckett said.
The woman was not charged with any offense and subsequently was released.
The state Department of Public Safety website had an alert stating Wischhusen had absconded from probation.
The public safety records show Wischhusen most recently was convicted in January in Johnston County for obstructing justice.
Additionally, the records show Wischhusen was convicted in 2015 in Wake County for driving while impaired; in 2014 in Nash County for assault with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; in 2013, also in Nash County, for committing larceny and communicating threats; and in 2012, also in Nash County, for violating a protective order, driving while his license was revoked and resisting a law enforcement officer.