Police catch chase driver

A man who led Claremont police on a chase all the way to Conover is in custody.

Hickory police arrested Adrian Durrand Johnson Jr. on Tuesday on drug charges, three days after he led a Claremont police officer on the chase.

Claremont officer D. Allen was on patrol at about 3:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed a truck in the parking lot of the RockTenn business at 2690 Kelly Boulevard in Claremont.

Knowing the business was closed, Allen pulled into the parking lot to check on the truck, which then took off at a fast speed, said Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert.

Allen followed the car down Kelly Boulevard and turned on his blue lights. He tried to catch up with the vehicle, but it accelerated and pulled away, even running a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 70, Tolbert said.

The red Toyota then crashed into a parking lot at a business at 441 North Macklin Creek Road in Conover. When Allen reached the vehicle, it was on its roof, Tolbert said.

Johnson was driving the vehicle and was the sole passenger. He left the scene before Allen could get to the truck.

On Tuesday, Hickory police arrested Johnson on a probation violation for drug charges, said Libby Grigg of the Hickory Police Department.

Claremont obtained warrants and charged Johnson with speeding to allude arrest, a stop sign violation, a traffic signal violation, driving while license revoked, speeding in access of 100 mph in a 45 mph zone and resisting a public officer, Tolbert said.

Hickory charged Johnson with felony possession of cocaine, felony probation violation, possession with intent to sell cocaine and resisting a public officer.

He is being held in the Catawba County Detention Center on a combined $60,000 bond.