Burglary suspect arrested after fleeing to North Carolina

A Morristown man, who led law enforcement officials on a 75-mile chase after fleeing an alleged burglary at the Guitar Vault on Main Street early Wednesday morning, was taken into custody in North Carolina, authorities say.

Richard D. Darby, 43, Lumbardy Drive, was jailed for felony and misdemeanor evading arrest in Waynesville, North Carolina, about 25 miles south of the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

Law enforcement officials reportedly used spike strips to puncture tires on Darby’s pickup. He tried to flee on foot, but was taken into custody shortly thereafter. It’s unclear when he will be returned to Hamblen County.

Around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to the downtown business to investigate the complaint that someone had shattered the glass door that fronts Cumberland Street.

Darby fled east in a white Chevrolet Silverado. He turned north on Sherwood Drive, then back toward central Morristown on Buffalo Trail. The chase proceeded on Old Highway 25-E and then southbound on Highway 25-E. He exited briefly onto Old Witt Road, but then drove back onto the Highway before heading south on Interstate 81.

He left the interstate briefly at Exit 4, but immediately continued southward before heading east on Interstate 40.