A South Carolina man charged in a high-speed chase and shooting spree waived his rights to preliminary and detention hearings Tuesday in Raleigh.
“Based upon the defendant’s waiver, the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance as required and the safety of any other person and the community pending the defendant’s trial,” United States Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers wrote in an order, which refers to Franklin J. Dangerfield.
Dangerfield not only faces state charges in the September 5 chase which started on Interstate 95 at the North Carolina line and ended in Emporia, he faces a federal charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun, a charge lodged by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Numbers granted the government’s motion for detention and ordered Dangerfield to be placed in the custody of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. He is to be confined in a correctional facility separate — to the extent practicable — from persons awaiting or serving sentences or being held in custody pending appeal.
“The defendant shall be afforded reasonable opportunity for private consultation with counsel; and on order of a court of the United States or on request of an attorney for the government, the person in charge of the corrections facility in which the defendant is confined shall deliver the defendant to a United States marshal for the purpose of an appearance in connection with a court proceeding,” reads the order by Numbers.
Dangerfield was arrested last week by the ATF for possessing an unregistered short-barrel shotgun after he shot multiple vehicles and one person along Interstate 95 and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase.
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. said in a statement last week that Dangerfield faces a maximum penalty of 120 months if convicted.