Man given $75K bond after leading officers on vehicle chase

By on May 31, 2023

(Dare County Sheriff’s Department)

Robert James Splawn

On May 30, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Deputies working the B-District attempted to stop a vehicle near Burrus and Mill Landing Rd, Wanchese, NC. The vehicle did not stop and continued out of Wanchese towards Nags Head. The Deputies stopped their pursuit due to the amount of traffic on US 64. Nags Head Police were able to find the vehicle near the Quality Plus, where it again failed to stop. After a short pursuit, the driver jumped from the vehicle and ran. A deputy was able to catch the driver who was placed under arrest.

Robert James Splawn, 30, was arrested and charged with (F) Flee to Elude with a Motor Vehicle, (M) Possession of Marijuana, (M) Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, (M) Resist/Delay/Obstruct, Speeding, Running a Red Light, Improper Passing and Left of Center. Splawn was also served with his warrant for (M) Probation Violation.

Splawn was given a $75,000 secured bond. Nags Head and Manteo Police Departments assisted in this incident.


  • Travis

    Guys like this are what make a lot of people very nervous about all this “bail reform” talk going around. On the one hand, I get it. The homeless guy who gets picked up for loitering shouldn’t have to sit in prison for 3 months until he can see a judge. But a fool like this…he’s putting other people in danger and obviously has no respect for the sort of normal societal rules the rest of us follow. Shouldn’t be too many tears shed if he’s in Adult Time Out until his day in court.

    Thursday, Jun 1 @ 11:11 am
  • Tim

    He came by our office 2-3 times looking for work in the last 2 months. He used to work for Vacasa but they laid off a lot of workers.

    Saturday, Jun 3 @ 11:47 am
  • KHer

    I remember years ago when a guy ran the light at Colington/Bypass. Killed a young husband returning from work. The court set a low bail and he ran off to his native country in Central America, never to be seen again. The young mother (with children) asking “What the **ll?”

    Sunday, Jun 4 @ 8:30 am