A Gaston County man is wanted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after deputies said they chased him by vehicle Friday morning into a neighboring county, before ending the chase at the South Carolina state border.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating that Deputy M. Perkins stopped 39-year-old James Curtis Stewart’s vehicle around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Old Plank Road and Hines Circle Road on the southeastern corner of the county.
Perkins, who was carrying scrap metal in the bed of his Ford Ranger pickup at the time of the traffic stop, fled the scene shortly after Perkins discovered the man had an outstanding felony warrant against him from Mecklenburg County for obtaining property by false pretenses, the release said.
While deputies were uncertain about whether the metal had been stolen, they were suspicious that he was carrying such a large amount early in the morning, Public Information Officer Larry Seagle told the Times-News.
Perkins pursued Stewart’s truck onto N.C. 16, I-485 and I-77 South in Charlotte, including speeding through a grass median, until calling off the vehicular chase near the state border due to congested traffic, deputies said.
In addition to Mecklenburg County warrants, the suspect is wanted now in Lincoln County for one felony count of fleeing to elude law enforcement along with one count each of reckless driving-willful disregard for safety of others and driving left of the center line.
While the chase resulted in no injuries, Stewart remains on the loose, the release said.
Individuals with information on the man’s location is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050.
Area law enforcement agencies have also been made aware of the incident.