Deputies said a South Carolina man is behind bars after he led them on a chase across state lines with improvised explosive devices in his car.
Deputies arrested Anthony Steven Carpenter Thursday afternoon on I-85 in Cleveland County.
Authorities said they had been chasing Carpenter since Thursday morning, when a deputy in Greenville County, South Carolina attempted to serve a warrant on him for multiple fraud charges.
Investigators said Carpenter assaulted the officer and took off, leading deputies in a chase from South Carolina into North Carolina, where authorities finally managed to pull him over. That's when deputies said they discovered two improvised explosive devices in his car.
A bomb squad from Gastonia was called in to remove the alleged bombs from the car and detonate them in a hole dug in the ground near the interstate.
The incident forced authorities to shut down I-85 and divert traffic while they safely disposed of the IEDs, causing backups that lasted for miles.
Authorities in South Carolina had been searching for Carpenter for days on allegations he had defrauded residents in Greenville County out of thousands of dollars. In one case, deputies said Carpenter used bad checks to buy more than $12,000 in meat products from a meat company, and also purchased two freezers and a refrigerator from an appliance company. According to police records, when the companies attempted to cash the checks, they discovered the accounts had been closed.
Investigators also said Carpenter had listed cars for sale on the website Craigslist, and two different potential buyers had sent him deposit checks totaling hundreds of dollars. But detectives said Carpenter cashed the buyers' checks and disappeared, without ever delivering the promised cars.
Carpenter is in the Cleveland County Jail listed as a fugitive from another state awaiting extradition. Local authorities have not said what new charges he could face as a result of Thursday's incident on I-85.