One local motorist got more than he bargained for while trying to escape from the law this week, in one of two pursuits by deputies.
Information provided by Sheriff Len Hagaman
In the first situation:
A deputy attempted a traffic stop on a silver Honda Civic in the 100 block of Walls Rd. As soon as the deputy activated his blue lights the suspect vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and turned off all their lights. After a short “pursuit” the deputy lost the vehicle due to the lights being turned off. Another deputy, that happen to be at Cove Creek Church, saw the vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign at Sherwood Rd and Old US 421, and conducted a traffic stop near the Western Watauga Library.
After speaking with the driver the subject admitted to wrecking his vehicle on Walls Road. A deputy located the accident scene and NCSHP was contacted to investigate the accident. The report says that, “Basically in a nutshell the subject turned off his lights to avoid the deputy and as they went into a sharp curve the suspect ran off down a 20ft embankment and the deputy proceeded on down Walls Rd.” The suspect held numerous citations from SHP and the deputies involved.
Also during Wednesday night and into the overnight:
A deputy attempted to stop a black Chevy Impala near the intersection of Mabel School Road and US 421 North. The vehicle failed to stop and turned left on 421 heading towards Tennessee at a high rate of speed. Once the pursuit reached the state line the suspect turned left onto Butter Milk Road in Johnson County.
The pursuit wrapped around Butter Milk Road until the suspect turned onto Bill Wallace Road in Johnson County where the suspect turned into a driveway and fled on foot into a wooded area. While other Watauga deputies were enroute Johnson County deputies were on scene and found the suspect hiding in his mother’s residence near where he had fled the scene on foot. Johnson County took the suspect into custody and the pursuing deputy took warrants out.