Man accused of exposing himself to kids, leading police on high-speed chase

Dontes Smallwood (Photo courtesy of Craven County Sheriff's Office)

NEW BERN, Craven County - A man accused of exposing himself to a group of people - including five minors - at a New Bern Wal-Mart was arrested Saturday after leading authorities through a high-speed chase that spanned two counties.

Dontes Smallwood, 25, of Trenton, was arrested near the Jones County Courthouse Saturday night, according to the Craven County Sheriff's Office. CCSO Spokesman Investigative Sgt. Mike Sawyer said Smallwood was booked into jail on five felony counts of indecent exposure to a victim under 16, felony fleeing to elude law enforcement, two counts of reckless driving to endanger, two counts indecent exposure by exposing private parts in a public place, driving with a revoked license and speeding. His bond is set at $95,000 secured.

According to Sawyer, deputies spotted Smallwood driving down Glenburnie Road following the indecent exposure call. When they attempted a traffic stop, Smallwood took off, leading deputies on a chase down US 17 South into Jones County.

Deputies from the Jones County Sheriff's Office and the Trent Woods Police Department assisted in the chase.

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