Two teenagers were taken into custody following a vehicle chase that started in Catawba County with a stolen vehicle. The pursuit ended in Lincoln County when deputies deployed stop sticks on NC 16 south of the Catawba-Lincoln County line.
At 2:36 a.m. last Friday (December 31) Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were requested by Catawba County officers to use the tire deflation devices to stop a white Honda traveling south on Highway 16.
A deputy monitored the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office radio channel and notified the chase units the stop sticks were ready to be deployed. Catawba County officers gave the deputy a description of the vehicle and he deployed the stop sticks as the car approached near the Mundy Road bridge. The vehicle hit the stop sticks and stopped about a mile down the road with a deflated driver’s side front tire.
Catawba and Lincoln County officers took the driver and a passenger in the vehicle in custody. The passenger, a 17-year-old juvenile, was transported to Mecklenburg County by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and turned over to his grandmother. The 18-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested by Catawba County deputies. His name had not been released as of earlier today (January 3). Nobody was injured and no law enforcement vehicles were damaged during the chase.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.