28 year old Stephen Blake North, last known address in Ohio, was arrested after a chase that covered more than 20 miles and reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Taylorsville Police Chief Dennis James spotted a vehicle that had been broadcast as stolen in Rock Hill, South Carolina. James says he spotted a Chevy Tahoe passing multiple vehicles going west on Highway 64-90. James activated his blue lights and siren and pursued the driver who refused to stop reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Other Taylorsville Police Officers joined in the chase along with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. The chase continued into Caldwell County where the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and Lenoir Police all joined in the pursuit.
The vehicle turned onto Highway 18 after the Highway Patrol deployed stop sticks. The vehicle eventually stopped and the operator was taken into custody in a parking lot near Hibriten High School. It is thought that North committed larceny at a store earlier Wednesday in Yadkin County. North is charged with a long list of offenses including felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, speeding 110 miles per hour in a 55 zone, and speeding in a construction zone. More charges are pending locally as well as charges in various other locations.
Taylorsville Police Captain Doug Bowman said last night that North refused to cooperate with officers including even giving his name. After being taken to the Alexander County Detention Center, it was hours before North relented and identified himself . As of this posting, North has still not allowed his photograph to taken for a mug shot. He will likely appear before a judge today. Bowman said that North had recently been released from jail in South Carolina and served time in Prison in Ohio.