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Man Arrested On Drug And Weapon Charges Following Vehicle And Foot Chases
Austin Michael Neece
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

Man Arrested On Drug And Weapon Charges Following Vehicle And Foot Chases

24-year-old Austin Michael Neece of County Home Dairy Road in Newton was arrested Tuesday (January 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana. He’s also charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

On Tuesday, a deputy with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol when he attempted to stop a silver BMW on Burkemont Road in Morganton. The vehicle fled, leading the officer on a short chase. When the vehicle came to a stop, the passenger, later identified as Austin Michael Neece, exited the vehicle, and then reportedly led the responding deputies on a foot pursuit.

Neece was apprehended by deputies near the Foothills Correctional Institution. Deputies and a Burke County K9 recovered a felony amount of methamphetamine and marijuana along with a firearm that officers say the suspect discarded during the foot chase.

Neece was brought to the Burke County Jail where he was incarcerated without bond due to a pending parole violation charge. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (January 28) in Morganton.