We reported the story first on November 28th following a chase that began in the Bethlehem Community on November 27th. Around 4 am on the 27th a Sheriffs Deputy stopped a vehicle on Highway 127 after noticing suspicious activity. After the vehicle was stopped the officer called for backup after smelling the odor of marijuana. When another officer arrived according to a Press Release, the vehicle sped away traveling into Catawba County. A chase ensued with the Sheriffs Department vehicle being rammed at least twice by the 1997 Ford Mustang operated by 28 year old Adrian Durrand Johnson of Hickory. Johnson crashed the vehicle on Springs Road and the car burst into flames. Johnson and a female passenger fled the crash scene on foot.
Johnson was taken into custody by Sheriffs Deputies and Hickory Police on December 2nd. Johnnson faces a count of felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and identity theft. Johnson was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond, he made an initial court appearance on Monday, December 5th.
The female suspect who fled the crashed vehicle has been taken into custody by Hickory Police on charges involving the chase incident and other offenses in Catawba County. Her name has yet to be released by Hickory Police.