The Alexander County Sheriffs Office received reports of a stolen Chevrolet Pickup around 1am Sunday. Taylorsville Police Officer J.E. Lackey spotted a suspect vehicle near the intersection of Carrigan and Happy Plains Road. The driver of the vehicle did not stop after officer Lackey activated his blue lights and siren and a chase ensued. The chase continued for several miles. The pickup turned onto Highway 16 and then onto Macedonia Church Road crossing the center line numerous times and running red lights and stop signs. Officers with the Alexander County Sheriffs Office and North Carolina Highway Patrol also responded to the chase which continued onto Millersville Road and Paul Payne Store Road, then onto Payne Dairy Road where spike strips were deployed. The vehicle’s tires were flattened and the truck ran off the roadway and crashed into a field.
Two subjects exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A K9 unit from Iredell County was called in to assist officers. The Highway Patrol spotted whom is thought to be the passenger of the vehicle walking along Taylor Lane. 19 year old Keith Michael Burns of Taylorsville was taken into custody and charged by Taylorsville Police with Resisting, Obstructing, and Delaying an Officer. Burns was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $1,500 secured bond.
Sunday afternoon the alleged driver of the vehicle turned himself in at The Alexander County Law Enforcement Center and was charged by the The Alexander County Sheriffs Office. 16 year old Darion Aracavious McGee of Stony Point faces a count of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting and Delaying an Officer, Fleeing and Eluding an Officer, and reckless driving. McGee was placed in the County Detention Center with a secured bond of $10,500.
According to Sheriff Chris Bowman the investigation in ongoing and more charges against the suspects are possible.