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Slow speed police chase ends in felony charges

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021 4:23 pm

A slow speed chase that began in Watauga County ended in Avery County and lead to felony charges against the driver.

A Watauga County deputy checked on a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot next to New River Building Supply on Wednesday night, according to a report from the Sheriff's Office. As the deputy approached the vehicle it sped off onto Hwy 105 South. The deputy began a slow-speed pursuit, which went 10.3 miles eventually, ending in Avery County, according to the report.

As the vehicle approached the Peddling Pig restaurant in Avery County, the driver saw that the Avery Sheriff's Office had spike strips deployed and came to an abrupt stop before the spikes. The driver then refused to unlock the door and would not show her hands, the report goes on to say. The driver’s side window was broken preventing officers from opening the door.

The driver, whose name was not released in the report, was eventually removed and taken into custody. She was charged with Felony Flee to Elude Arrest and several other charges.

Also assisting were North Carolina SHP, Avery Sherriff's Office, Sugar Mountain Police Department, Seven Devils Police Department, Banner Elk Police Department and Newland Police Department.

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