Teen arrested for bringing gun to school in Hoke County


Authorities say William Lawrence Bethea Jr. was caught when he tried to run away from a traffic stop in the area of Hobson Road Tuesday morning. Two passengers also fled.

Deputies say Bethea was holding a stolen handgun as he tried to make a break for it, and tossed it into a wooded area.

Investigators later learned Bethea had been on the campus of Hoke County High School with the gun.

Bethea has been charged with felony possession of stolen property/firearm, felony possession of a weapon on educational property, and misdemeanor possession of a handgun by a minor.

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