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Chase leads to crash and arrest






 Staff Writer


A Dallas man led local deputies on a nearly 20-mile vehicle chase before crashing into a ditch Saturday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour in an attempt to stop the man’s vehicle around 2:30 a.m., according to an agency press release.

Timothy Ray Loftis, of 147 Downey Lake Road, is accused of stopping his vehicle near the intersection of N.C. 27 and N.C. 150 West to urinate along the roadway, the release said.

First Sgt. Larry Ingle, who was stationed in the area at the time, spotted the 27-year-old man and activated his blue lights, prompting the driver to jump back into his vehicle and flee the scene, according to deputies.

Loftis led Ingle on a pursuit down N.C. 27 West, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A number of other officers joined the chase, trying to keep the suspect’s vehicle in sight as it swerved left and right along the roadway, the release said.

During the chase, Loftis crashed through a fence located around a pasture on North Brook III School Road in Vale before heading toward Matthew Miller Road, a dead-end road, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The suspect traveled through a ditch and back onto the roadway, nearly striking deputies’ patrol vehicles in the process, according to officers.

Toward the end of the chase, Loftis did strike the side of Sheriff’s Sgt. Shannon Pippen’s vehicle before crashing into a second ditch on Boosville Curve Road, nearly 18 miles away from the pursuit’s start location, the release said.

Officers assisted in removing the man from the vehicle before handcuffing him.

Loftis was charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and speeding to elude arrest.

Deputies filed additional misdemeanor charges against him for injury to personal property, hit-and-run property damage, resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer and driving while license revoked.

Loftis remains behind bars under a $50,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is set for March 18.

Last year, he spent at least six months in a state correctional facility for a DWI he received in Gaston County, public records showed.

Loftis was additionally convicted of cruelty to animals in Gaston County in 2009, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.



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