The suspect vehicle crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Old Farm Drive and Valley Field Road. The driver fled on foot before being apprehended by Deputies.
52-year old Paul Edward Ikard Jr of Hickory, is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, identity theft, reckless driving and resisting a public officer. Upon his arrest, Ikard was served with outstanding warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, failure to notify law enforcement of address change, interfering with an electronic monitoring device and a parole violation, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Ikard was convicted in 2003 in Catawba County for indecent liberties with a child. In 2007, he was convicted in Burke County for second-degree rape. Ikard is listed on the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry as an aggravated recidivist.
Photo: Catawba County Sheriff’s Office
The HICKORY DAILY RECORD contributed to this story