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Deputies: Intruder fled in owner’s vehicle

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies apprehended a Catawba County man, who’s been accused of breaking into a Lincoln County residence, following a vehicular chase Tuesday down Gastonia Highway, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A resident of Laboratory Road called 911 to report spotting a group of men in his driveway around 1 p.m. when he returned home, according to an agency press release.
Officers said the culprits fled the property in a silver 2012 Ford Focus, which deputies attempted to locate but were unsuccessful.
Another man, who had been inside the residence, escaped the scene in the homeowner’s vehicle, the release said.
Deputies chased the vehicle down Gaston-Webbs Chapel Road before turning onto Gastonia Highway.
After sustaining a flat tire, the vehicle crashed near the Southside Church Road intersection, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The driver, Jamen Lee Cowan, 23, of 1880 Sandy Circle in Newton, tried to flee the wreck scene, but deputies soon apprehended him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Cowen has been charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a felon and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Additional charges were filed by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and included no operator’s license, careless and reckless driving, driving left of center and having unsafe tires.
Deputies also found items in the van that had been taken from the victim’s home, the release said.
Cowan remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond.
An investigation is continuing, and more charges may be filed in the future, deputies said.
Lincolnton Police assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the incident.

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