33-year-old Shay Thomas Lafone of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police…
On Saturday (September 3) at approximately 8:10 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a tractor-trailer in Mecklenburg County that was the suspect vehicle in multiple hit-and-run collisions beginning in Gaston County. The driver of the truck refused to stop therefore initiating a chase by troopers which continued onto I-77 North.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., troopers in Iredell County were stopped along I-77 North near the 39 mile marker attempting to deploy a tire deflation device in an effort to bring the pursuit to a safe ending. The tractor-trailer struck the tire deflation device but then made a sharp turn and collided with two patrol vehicles which were parked on the shoulder with emergency lights activated. The tractor-trailer then overturned and blocked the northbound lanes.
The troopers were outside and away from their patrol cars at the time of the collision. The troopers were not injured. The driver of the tractor-trailer, 63-year-old Monte Keith Gore of Bainbridge, Pennsylvania was injured and transported by EMS to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He is charged with driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude arrest, felonious assault with a deadly weapon, failing to heed light and siren, reckless driving, hit and run, possession of a controlled substance, and damage to state property.
I-77 North was fully re-opened for traffic after 1:00 a.m. when the roadway was cleared.