Three people are facing felony charges following a late-night car chase on Wednesday that ended in Gaston County when the suspects’ vehicle caught fire.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were contacted at around 11:45 p.m. on June 19 by Wal-Mart security with information that two individuals left the store with a number of electronic items without paying.
Officers located the vehicle as it was attempting to leave the parking lot at 7131 Highway 73. Three people were inside the vehicle and officers were able to identify two 43-inch televisions that had been reported stolen, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the vehicle took off with one person’s legs still hanging out of the passenger door. Blue lights and sirens were activated but the vehicle traveled west on Highway 73 then turned onto Highway 16 South.
The driver of the car was traveling well above the posted speed limit for about six miles before the vehicle had a malfunction of the transmission and the fluid leak set the vehicle on fire. The driver was able to steer the burning vehicle into the median and all three suspects were able to exit the car. Deputies placed the suspects in custody. Some of the evidence burned in the vehicle while two of the items fell out during the chase and were recovered.
The driver, Rashna Nicole Pressley, 32, of Charlotte, was charged with felony larceny, felony habitual larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, felony fleeing to elude arrest, two counts of felony conspiracy, damage to property, speeding, reckless driving and using a fictitious license plate. She was also served four outstanding warrants and a criminal summons out of Mecklenburg County. She is under an $80,000 secured bond on the Lincoln County charges and a $22,000 secured bond on the Mecklenburg County charges.
Ronald Ervin Hicks, 48, and Shadon Alrey Giles, 46, both of Charlotte, were charged with felony larceny, two counts of conspiracy and felony possession of stolen goods. Hicks was jailed under a $30,000 secured bond while bond for Hicks was placed at $50,000 secured.