7 lbs. of pot found after SUV flees police, crashes into house

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Larry Stephen Dunlap (Mugshot courtesy: Winston-Salem Police)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police said they found nearly 7 lbs. of marijuana on a Winston-Salem man after he led an officer on a brief vehicle chase and crashed into a house Thursday morning.

In a news release, police said Larry Stephen Dunlap, 40, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban on Konnoak Drive near Lemly Street when an officer pulled him over for speeding shortly after 9:30 a.m.  When the officer got out of his vehicle and approached the SUV, police said Dunlap sped away.

Police said the officer pursued the SUV south on Konnoak Drive until reaching the intersection at Sundown Street, where Dunlap had crashed into a house at 3101 Konnoak Drive.

A witness at the scene told the officer that the driver ran away carrying two black bags. The officer began searching until he found Dunlap on Anderson Drive near Luther Street.  Dunlap was arrested without any further incidents, police said.

The two black bags were found nearby.  Police said they contained a little less than 7 lbs. of marijuana.  The pot’s estimated street value was $22,350, police said.

Dunlap has been charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding to elude arrest, resisting an officer, hit-and-run causing property damage, careless and reckless driving, and speeding 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The crash caused an estimated $30,000 in damage.  Police said a woman was inside the home at the time, but she was not injured.