Waynesville man leads police on high-speed chase
A Waynesville man has been arrested and hit with multiple charges after a high-speed chase in Haywood County.
Scott Caldwell, 54, of Waynesville, was speeding down Russ Avenue when Waynesville Police Officer Matthew Cogburn attempted to pull him over. But Caldwell had something else in mind, and a chase ensued.
According to arrest reports, Caldwell fled up Dellwood Avenue in his truck, hitting speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour, swerving between lanes and endangering other motorists. It is believed that Caldwell was intoxicated.
The chase led to charges of fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, along with traffic infractions. Additionally, because Caldwell had in his possession an 8-inch butcher knife and a 10-inch bowie knife, he was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
Perhaps the worst of the charges racked up by Caldwell Thursday were the two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The deadly weapon in this case was Caldwell’s truck, a Chevrolet S10 pickup. Although it is not known whether the assaults occurred before, during or after the chase, they are both felony offenses.
This isn’t Caldwell’s first brush with the law. He has numerous prior charges, including assaults, larcenies, trespassing, arson, child abuse and various drug convictions. Notably, he reached habitual felon status in 1993 following a murder charge, which he plead down to manslaughter.
He is currently being held on $35,000 bond and has a court date set for Feb. 15.