Thanksgiving Johnson County construction site lumber theft leads to high-speed chase, three arrests

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A Thanksgiving lumber theft attempt at a Johnson County construction site led to a high speed chase and the arrest of three individuals.

WRAL-TV and WXII-TV reported that a Wilson’s Mills police officer stopped a pickup truck leaving a building site with a load of lumber early on Thanksgiving since there had been a lumber theft at the same site a week earlier, Chief A.Z. Williams said.

The driver stopped in the middle of the road, but then sped off and went on US Route 70 the wrong way, forcing several cars to swerve to avoid collisions, Williams said. The driver managed to get on the right side of the road, but continued to try to evade police, reaching speeds up to 100 mph, reaching Interstate 95.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol officers put down spikes. These ripped the truck’s tires, but the driver kept on going. Finally, the highway patrol said a trooper ended the pursuit around 7:30 a.m. at the Brogden Road exit, WRAL-TV reported.

)olice found a loaded AR-15, cocaine and marijuana in the truck, Williams said. Two men and a woman were arrested and face multiple charges, he said.

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