Police say man tried to speed away on stolen motorcycle
A Lenoir man was jailed Tuesday and accused of leading officers on a miles-long pursuit on a stolen motorcycle.
Timothy Ray Whisnant Jr., 27, of 1869 Whisnant Road was going west on Morganton Boulevard on a motorcycle shortly after midnight when he ran a red light at the intersection of Fairview Drive, so a police officer got behind him and tried to get him to pull over, but he then ran the traffic light at Southwest Boulevard, Capt. Larry Clark of the Lenoir Police Department said.
The Lenoir officer followed the motorcycle to Harper Avenue and then Virginia Street, Clark said. The chase continued to Connelly Springs Road, where the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office took over, and then into the Hudson city limits, where Whisnant lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked, Clark said.
Lenoir police found that the motorcycle was a purple motorcycle that previously had been reported as stolen, but it had been spray-painted black, Clark said.
Whisnant was charged with two counts of felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, failure to stop for a red light, failure to heed lights or siren, driving left of center, reckless driving to endanger, driving while license revoked, having no motorcycle endorsement on his driver's license, and possession of marijuana.
Whisnant was being held in jail with bond set at $100,000.