A Canton man is behind bars after allegedly exposing himself to two women in the Walmart parking lot and then leading police on a chase.

Mark Newlyn Patterson, 59, was arrested June 11 after allegedly committing the offenses the day prior.

According to court documents, Patterson exposed himself to the women, and when police attempted to stop his vehicle on I-40, he fled at a speed “in excess of 15 miles per hour over the legal speed limit” and was “driving recklessly.”

In addition, it is alleged that Patterson resisted arrest “by jumping from the vehicle he was operating and running from officers.”

Once Patterson was apprehended the following day, he was charged with two counts of indecent exposure, two counts of resisting a public officer and one count of driving without a license, all misdemeanors, as well as one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.

Patterson has had numerous run-ins with the law in the past and has been charged with numerous crimes, mostly in Graham, Swain and Cherokee counties, including multiple other indecent exposures, larceny, intimidating a witness, communicating threats, breaking and entering, trespassing, sexual battery, marijuana possession, cyberstalking, carrying a concealed weapon and being a habitual felon.

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