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Rico Maurice Polk
Courtesy of Iredell County P2C website

Man Charged With String Of Offenses Following Reported Chase With Police

30-year-old Rico Maurice Polk of Derby Drive in Statesville was arrested Sunday (March 19) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, single felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Polk is also charged with counts of speeding, reckless driving to endanger, driving left of center, failing to stop at a stop sign, and driving while license revoked. Polk is also charged on outstanding warrants with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and two felony counts of probation violation.

On Sunday, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office about a 2013 Ford Edge having been stolen. Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team responded to the area in an effort to find the vehicle.

A deputy spotted the stolen vehicle traveling north on Triplett Road. The officer got behind the vehicle, which made an immediate left turn onto JD Lane. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed. After a brief chase the suspect stopped on Hickory Highway.

Photo courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

The driver of the vehicle, Rico Maurice Polk, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. Polk is on probation as a result of a conviction in May, 2022 in Iredell County on a felony count of maintaining a place for controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and resisting an officer. He received probation and a 24 month suspended sentence.

Polk was placed in jail under $255,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (March 21). A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 10. Superior Court dates are set for March 22 and May 1.