According to information from Chief Douglas Bowman, 23-year old Colin Alexander Lavin was part of a huge contingent of vehicles that rolled into Alexander County after visiting Hickory earlier in the evening. Most of those involved are thought to be residents of Cabarrus County.
The practice is referred to as a “Takeover” by participants. The activity is fueled by social media messages and has been reported in a number of cities in North Carolina. It is thought that Lavin was part of near 100 vehicles that created traffic jams and a collision with an Alexander County Sheriff’s Office Vehicle in Bethlehem earlier Saturday evening.
Taylorsville Police pursued Lavin until he crashed his vehicle on Main Street. He was taken into custody immediately and charged with the following offenses
Carrying a concealed weapon
Reckless driving to endanger
Failure to heed blue light or siren
Driving left of center
Simple possession of schedule VI control substance
Possession of marijuana
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Open container of alcohol
A 17-year old female from Charlotte was a passenger in the vechicle operated by Lavin. She was released to the custody of her parents according to Taylorsville Police.
Lavin is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under a secured bond of $50,000 with an initial court appearance scheduled for today in Alexander County District Court.
The “Takeover” participants left Alexander County via Highway 16 and traveled back to Catawba County where they were involved in several incidents according to reports.
Photo: Taylorsville Police Department