Update Tuesday July 31 – Boone Police have announced an arrest in the chase.
Norman Charles Simmons, 55 years-of-age, of Laurel Fork Road, Boone, NC, was arrested and charged with the following offenses:
- Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest;
- Driving While Impaired;
- Driving with a Revoked Driver’s License;
- Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit;
- Careless and Reckless Driving;
- Stop Sign Violation;
- Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Open Container of Alcohol.
Mr. Simmons was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $6,500 secured bond was set pending an August 27, 2018, appearance in District Court. The vehicle Mr. Simmons was driving was seized due to a current Driving While Impaired Suspension. Two passengers in the vehicle were not charged.
Officers with the Boone Police Department were lead on a chase that eventually ended in Valle Crucis on Sunday afternoon shortly after 4pm.
The chase began when a vehicle traveling 105 leaving Boone was observed driving in a careless and reckless manner at an accident scene on 105 at Ingles, Sergeant Shane Robbins tells WataugaOnline.com. Officers were working the accident scene when the vehicle came through the center lane failing to slow down or stop.
Boone Police then attempted to pull over the vehicle but instead were lead on a chase that, according to scanner dispatches at the time, went from: 105 to 105 bypass to turning left on White Oak Road, left on Laurel Fork Road, right on Liberty Hill Road in the Willow Valley area, to Baird's Creek Road to turning left on highway 194 to turning right onto Watauga River Road in Valle Crucis.
The vehicle finally came to a stop in a driveway on Watauga River Road, where arrests were made. There were three people in the vehicle, according to scanner dispatches at the time.
Officers with the Watauga County Sheriff's Department also joined in on the pursuit.