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Lincolnton man flees from police in stolen van, crashes

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Catawba and Lincoln County deputies worked together this week to apprehend a Lincolnton man fled from officers on foot after crashing a stolen van into a power pole, according to officers.
Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, deputies followed Jeffrey Wayne Hammons, 23, of 791 Springs East Road in Lincolnton, from Nicholson Road to Maiden Highway, east of U.S. 321, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release said.
Deputies said they were suspicious of the silver van that Hammons had been driving because it had the same description as a van that had been stolen the previous day.
The van’s license plate was later identified as stolen, according to the release.
Maiden police and Catawba County deputies assisted Lincoln County deputies in the vehicular chase down Maiden Highway after Hammons refused to stop for blue lights and sirens, which were later deactivated due to the highway’s high traffic volume, deputies said.
The chase ended after Hammons crashed into a power pole near a Catawba County grocery store, setting off an explosion in the area, deputies said.
The suspect tried to run from the vehicle, but Catawba County officers said they quickly apprehended him.
Hammons has been charged with larceny, first-degree burglary, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles, breaking and entering vehicles, no operator’s license, failure to stop for a blue light and siren and careless and reckless driving.
He was originally placed in the Harven A Crouse Detention Center under a $6,500 bond, but his bond has since increased to $41,500.
Hammons is set to make his next court appearance on June 7.

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