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Gaston man wanted in Lincoln leads Cramerton police on a second vehicular chase

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
A Gaston County man wanted in three area counties, including Lincoln, took police on their second unsuccessful vehicular chase this month, again ending at the South Carolina state border.
Cramerton police failed to capture James Curtis Stewart, 39, after pursuing him Thursday morning down I-485 and I-77, Sgt. T.N. Jones told the Times-News.
While Jones couldn’t release details of how exactly the Gaston County officers recognized Stewart, he said the chase commenced just after 5 a.m. at a gas station in Lowell.
Police said they called off the high-speed pursuit just before the suspect entered South Carolina.
A Lincoln County deputy first chased Stewart’s Ford Ranger pickup down the same Charlotte area highways around 3 a.m. March 1 after the suspect fled the scene of a traffic stop at the intersection of Old Plank Road and Hines Circle Road in Stanley, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputy stopped the man’s vehicle after noticing that it contained a large amount of scrap metal. They also said they ran his tag and learned he was wanted by Mecklenburg County police for obtaining property by false pretenses.
Heavy traffic forced the officer to also conclude the chase at the South Carolina state border.
Stewart is wanted in Lincoln County for felony fleeing to elude law enforcement, reckless driving and driving left of the center line, deputies said.
Warrants for his arrest have also been issued in Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties.
Stewart spent more than two years in prison for larceny in Gaston County in 2007 and has similar felony convictions in 2003 and 2000, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. Additional felony offenses on his record date back to 1992 and include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering and drug-related charges. Misdemeanor convictions include property damage, two separate DWIs and attempted larceny, the site showed.

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