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Car chase ends in arrest

December 7, 2011

A Hickory man is in jail after leading authorities on a chase that ended on Interstate 40 Monday night.

Demetrius Devette Adams, 30, of 2970 12th Ave. SE in Hickory, is in the Catawba County Detention Center after leading officers on a chase that started in Newton.

Authorities say a Newton Police Officer attempted to pull Adams over on U.S. 70 just before midnight Monday after discovering the car he was driving — a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria — was stolen.

After stopping temporarily for the officer, Adams took off. He led authorities on a chase that traveled up and down I-40 in both the east- and west-bound directions, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.

After one set of Stop Sticks were unsuccessful in halting the car, officers used a second set of sticks to finally get the car to stop on I-40 West off Thornburg Drive, Yarborough said.

Adams was arrested and charged with fleeing to elude arrest and reckless driving to endanger. He was also charged with injury to personal property after a set of Stop Sticks slid out from under his car and deflated tires on a Newton police cruiser, according to police.

The police chase on Monday is one of the first incidents of felonious fleeing to elude arrest since the state’s “Run and You’re Done” law went into effect Dec. 1.

The law mandates that any vehicle involved in a fleeing to elude arrest incident be seized and handed over to the local sheriff’s office.

Because this incident involved a stolen car, Yarborough didn’t think the car would necessarily be impounded.

“Because it’s a stolen vehicle, I don’t think the state is going to be seizing an innocent person’s vehicle,” he said.

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