Four accused of trying to escape police

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Four Lenoir residents are accused of trying to get away from police Wednesday night by speeding away in an SUV, then running off when it wrecked.

Officer Amber McGuire of the Granite Falls Police Department tried to get a black Nissan Pathfinder on Falls Avenue to pull over about 10:30 p.m. because its license plate was registered to a different vehicle, but instead the SUV sped up and turned north on U.S. 321A, police Lt. Chris Jenkins said. As the car sped north at speeds up to 80 mph, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Hudson Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol joined in the chase.

The Nissan wrecked about 3 miles up the road at the intersection of Sawmills School Road, and the four people in the car ran away, Jenkins said. McGuire was able to catch up to one, and other officers caught two more, but the person who was driving initially got away. Investigators also found drug paraphernalia inside the wrecked Nissan.

Aaron Douglas II, 18, of Summew Way, Vincent Gavin Osborne, 22, of Bee Mountain Road and Jordan Shea Byrd, 23, of Grandin Road were charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. Douglas' bond was set at $1,500 secured, Osborne's was set at $1,500 secured, and Byrd's was set at $30,000 secured. Osborne also was treated for minor injuries from the wreck.

About 3 a.m. Thursday, Hudson police stopped a woman who was walking along Hudson Cajah Mountain Road, and McGuire identified her as the person who had been driving the Nissan. Alea Marie Lingle, 21, of Stone Creek Court was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, failure to report an accident, driving while license revoked, giving fictitious information, and resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. Her bond was set at $10,000 secured.

Charges related to the drug paraphernalia are expected to be filed later, Jenkins said.