Wilmington man who led police on chase sentenced to prison

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Wilmington man who led police on a high speed chase one year ago will spend up to two years behind bars.

Today in Brunswick County Superior Court, Curtiss Franklin Nance, Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to felony fleeing to elude arrest and driving while impaired.

Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Nance to between 10 and 21 months in prison.

On December 2, 2015, Nance led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in the northbound lanes of U.S. 17.

Nance, who was driving a motorcycle, reached speeds of up to 140 miles per hour during the chase and weaved past several cars on U.S. 17 and passed several vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway.

The chase lasted more than six minutes.

State troopers arrested Nance following a “rolling road block” procedure just after 4:30 p.m. north of Lanvale Road in Leland.

At the time of the chase, Nance’s North Carolina driver’s license was revoked due to a prior driving while impaired conviction in 2013.

He had just been released from prison and completed a post-release supervision period in August of 2015, four months before last December’s high-speed chase.

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