Chase ends in Catawba

Several law enforcement officers and civilians escaped serious injury last night when suspects in a high speed chase through Gaston, Lincoln and Catawba counties fired a pistol and shotgun at pursuing officers and a passing motorist.

The chase started in the Gaston County town of Stanley when police officers responded to complaint calls of gunshots. A Stanley officer observed a white van in the area and attempted to stop it when it sped away. The Stanley officer pursued the vehicle and was fired upon numerous times on NC 27 in Gaston County.

The chase entered into Lincoln County where Sheriff's deputies and officers from Lincolnton Police attempted to intercept east of Lincolnton near Sunny Hill Drive. The suspect vehicle struck the rear of a pickup truck pushing it down an embankment to avoid capture. No one was injured in the collision.

Lincoln County Deputy Michael Allred, Jr. was responding on Buffalo Shoals Road and caught up with the chase at East Main Street, Lincolnton. The deputy followed the Stanley police car and the chase turned onto U.S. 321 north toward Catawba County. The suspect exited U.S. 321 at the Maiden exit and sped north toward Maiden.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.