by: Ken Lemon Updated:
LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Lincolnton police have spent nearly 24 hours looking for Jonathan Wise.
They are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Police said they set up a drug deal with Wise when vice agents went to arrest him; they said he sped off, nearly running over officers.
The drug deal was set to happen in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn in Lincolnton.
"He attempted to run over another officer," said Lincolnton Police Department Sgt. Jason Munday.
Police said Wise barely missed that officer.
They said he then drove to a dead-end road near the Lincolnton prison, jumped the barbed wire fence at the Department of Transportation office next door and ran into the woods.
Barking dogs alerted Orlando Williams of the man walking up to his front door.
He said Wise asked him for a ride to Dallas and offered to pay for the gas.
He said Wise was bleeding from a cut on his face.
"I told him I couldn't help him," Williams said.
Neighbors began calling to warn each other about Wise.
"We all watch each other's' back and take care of everybody," said neighbor Tim Turner.
An elderly woman said Wise came to her door in the Bradley Springs Retirement Community.
She called 911.
"I don't know what the problem is, but I can't unlock the door," the woman told the dispatcher.
Investigators said those calls helped them track Wise, but they couldn't catch him.
They stopped after two hours of looking with search dogs.
"He is in a panic mode and that could be a dangerous situation," said Munday.
Police said Wise is from Indian Trail, but they have no idea where he is.
Anyone with information is urged to call police at 704-736-8909.