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Man who eluded North Carolina authorities now in custody

Benjamin Lee Stanley is now behind bars. Images: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Dept./MGN

A man who had eluded authorities in Cherokee County, North Carolina is now behind bars.

Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer says authorities arrested 39-year-old Benjamin Lee Stanley of Topton on Saturday.

Stanley had been wanted for domestic violence violations and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Over the past several months, Palmer says the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has several interactions with Stanley. Additionally, there were two active warrants for the arrest of Stanley for violation of domestic violence protective orders.

On several occasions Palmer says Stanley had evaded arrest, including a Friday morning encounter where Palmer says Stanley led investigators on a chase eventually losing them as took an off road trail in his jeep.

Early Saturday morning, Palmer says deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division went to Stanley’s residence and used a search warrant to gain entry.

Upon entering the residence Palmer says patrol offiers found Stanley was again trying to escape, by dropping down into the crawlspace of the residence and was hiding until discovered by the deputies. Stanley was taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Benjamin Lee Stanley was served with an indictment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and was placed on at $15,000.00 secure bond. Additionally, two domestic violence protective order violation warrants were served on Stanley in which he was placed on a 48 hour no bond condition.

Stanley was also charged with resist obstruct and delay and was placed on a $3,000.00 secure bond. Stanley is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Great work getting Mr. Stanley off the streets. It is obvious he has no regard for the court or the law. This was some outstanding work by the patrol officers who took this issue to heart, planning out a great mission and ensuring no one was hurt. Job Well Done!”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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