Lincoln County deputies arrested two individuals Thursday morning for leading Hickory police on a vehicular chase near the Lincoln-Catawba line.
Deputies said they originally detained five individuals in the case but later released three without charges.
Larry Wayne Nance, 26, of 940 Cape Hickory Road, and Melissa Teague, 36, of 366 Brown Farm Road in Boone, were both arrested.
Earlier that morning, all five individuals had been traveling inside a vehicle, speeding from Hickory police down U.S. 321 since before 4 a.m., officers said.
Once the vehicle crossed into Lincoln County, the Catawba County agency alerted local deputies to the situation.
The vehicle eventually crashed in a field on Lewis Road, located off Reepsville Road on Lincoln County’s western end, the Sheriff’s Office said in an agency press release.
Upon wrecking, the individuals fled the scene, prompting county deputies to search the area for the quintet.
Officers located three of the individuals around 8:45 a.m. not far from the crash site.
Deputies said three people were sitting on a residential porch in the 1600 block of Daniels Road.
An area resident had contacted deputies about the trio’s location, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The final two individuals were apprehended on the steps of a nearby church, according to officers.
Deputies detained all five individuals until Hickory police responded to the area to transfer Nance and Teague to Catawba County.
Nance remains in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond, charged in the case with felony possession of a stolen vehicle.
He was additionally served out-of-county warrants for drug-related charges.
Lincoln County deputies served two warrants on Teague for misdemeanor probation violation.
Hickory Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.