Police: Man back in custody after escaping from Pender Co. jail

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Police say the man who escaped from officers while being booked in jail this morning is now back in custody.

Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan said at approximately 1:15 p.m., officials with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office located Christopher Scott Tew-Creech near the 4000 block of Stag Park Road.

Shanahan said officers took Tew-Creech into custody early Thursday morning for active drug warrants from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. He said Tew-Creech was also in possession of heroin during the time of arrest.

Shanahan said Tew-Creech was then transported to the Pender County magistrate’s office. While at the magistrate’s office, the chief said Tew-Creech was placed on a secured bond. A release order was given to the Surf City Police Officer who was waiting in the lobby to turn the prisoner over to the jailer when Tew-Creech ran.

Shanahan said Tew-Creech had no known history of violence.

The Surf City Police Department says they are currently reviewing all known facts surrounding this incident to see if proper policy and procedures were followed.

The Surf City Police Department, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, and the Burgaw Police Department all assisted in the incident.

His charges including Resisting, obstruct and delay of officer, driving while license revoked, possession drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin.

His bond is currently $35,000, according the jail’s website.

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