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Police: Drunk Waynesville man shot up Verizon store, led officers on chase

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Lawrence Martin (Source: Waynesville PD) Lawrence Martin (Source: Waynesville PD)

A Waynesville man has been charged after police said he shot up a Verizon store and then led officers on a chase on Thursday.

According to the incident report, 65-year-old Lawrence Martin had been making threats about shooting up the store on Town Center Loop and the Waynesville Police Department.

Police said Martin fired shots into the store before fleeing in his truck.

At the intersection of South Main Street and Hyatt Creek Road, an officer spotted Martin's truck driving at a high rate of speed from the location of the shooting, according to the report.

The officer attempted to pull over the truck, but Martin fled at speeds over 85 mph, according to the report.

As the truck approached the Waynesville Police Department, the officer advised them to go on lockdown, the report said. 

The officer said the chase continued onto North Main Street, where Martin lost control of the truck and struck a tree near the Haywood County Justice Center.

Officers approached the truck to find Martin laying in the front seat, the report said.

When Martin was extracted from the truck, deputies said there was a strong odor of alcohol and a SKS rifle.

Waynesville Police charged Martin with felony fleeing arrest, going to the terror of the public, driving while intoxicated and injury to real property.

Police said his blood alcohol content was calculated at .19.

The incidents occurred when a fiber optic outage took down primary and secondary Internet connections as well as phone services for most of the county.

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