Wanted police chief who faked drowning arrested

A former North Carolina police chief facing 70 felony charges allegedly faked his own death before leading law enforcement on a pursuit that ended with him submerged in a creek.

William Anthony Spivey, 36, was arrested near Loris, North Carolina, by the Horry County Police Department shortly after midnight on Thursday.

Mr Spivey is the former police chief of Chadbourn, North Carolina, but was fired last spring after a misconduct investigation led by the state found that he violated numerous agency policies. His more than 70 felony counts include drug trafficking, embezzling, and mishandling evidence.

According to NBC6 WCET, he allegedly raided the department’s evidence room numerous times, stealing cash, firearms and drugs. His embezzling charges stem from allegations that he stole $8,000 intended for a family whose child died following a battle with leukemia.

The former police chief was facing 40 outstanding warrants for failure to appear and on a $1m bond.

Mr Spivey’s boat was found abandoned on the Lumber River after he was reported missing. He was allegedly on a fishing tip to the river when he went missing. Officials conducted an “extensive water search,” – which included helicopters and man-tracking teams, according to police reports – and he was believed for a time to have drowned in the river.

Police also found handwritten letters at the scene of the abandoned boat and a .22 caliber rifle with a discharged round in the chamber. Mr Spivey’s family and friends…

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