Car chase leads to drug charges

A Hickory man is in custody and facing drug charges after he led narcotics officers on a vehicle chase late Thursday.

Officers received a tip from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office about a possible drug transaction involving Joshua Nathaniel Jones, 22, of Hickory. Narcotics officers from Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office located Jones at the Petro Express on U.S. 70 East in Conover, where he was allegedly participating in selling cocaine, according to a press release from Newton Police Department.

During the investigation, Jones got into his 2000 Cadillac Escalade and attempted to leave the scene. His vehicle collided with the Petro Express building, causing damage to the vehicle and minimal damage to the building.

Officers seized about two ounces of powder cocaine, $2,300 in U.S. currency and Jones' Escalade and a 2001 Chevrolet. The cocaine has a street value from $2,000-$11,000, depending on how it is packaged and sold, according to Newton Police.

Two other individuals, whose names weren't released, were also involved in the incident. Additional charges against those people are pending.

Jones was charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and felony maintaining a vehicle. His bond was set at $200,000 secured, and he was listed as an inmate Friday in Catawba County jail.