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Craig Herman Lytle
Courtesy of Morganton Department of Public Safety

Morganton Man Charged Following Reported Chase With Police

48-year-old Craig Herman Lytle of Morganton was arrested last Thursday (February 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Lytle is also charged with resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer, speeding more than 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, driving during revocation, stop sign violation, left of center violation, and failure to maintain lance control.

Last Thursday, shortly after 9 p.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a 1998 Subaru Legacy on North Green Street due to alleged traffic violations. During the attempt to stop the vehicle, the driver fled from officers which resulted in a vehicle pursuit.

The suspect reportedly traveled north of Morganton, around Lake James, and into the town limits of Glen Alpine. A Morganton Public Safety officer was able to successfully deploy a tire deflating device in the roadway. The vehicle became inoperable and it came to a stop on Lytle Drive, just outside of Glen Alpine.

The driver was taken into custody by officers and the vehicle was seized due to the “Run and You’re Done” law. The driver was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and later transferred to jail in Morganton. As of earlier today (February 27) Lytle remained in custody under $13,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

The agencies involved were the Morganton Department of Public Safety, Glen Alpine Police Department, Burke County Sheriffs Office, and North Carolina State Highway Patrol.