Woman leads police on high-speed interstate chase

Barbara Weldon
Barbara Weldon

What began as a call to authorities to check on a child’s welfare turned into a high-speed chase on Interstate 85 that started in Salisbury and ended in Concord.

Barbara Weldon, 29, is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest. Other charges are pending.

An anonymous caller told police a child had been left alone for a few days at a home on Earnhardt Avenue. The caller said the child could be heard inside but wouldn’t come to the door.

A Salisbury Police officer went to the home to check the report. No one came to the door, and a neighbor didn’t know if the mother ever left the child home alone.

The mother, later identified as Weldon, returned home, but kept driving when she saw police.

She turned onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, then onto East Innes Street, said Capt. Melonie Thompson.

Weldon ran a red light at Arlington Street and then got onto the I-85 southbound exit. She left the highway at the Jake Alexander Boulevard exit, speeding 100 mph, Thompson said.

Around 9:30 a.m. Weldon traveled near the Webb Road exit. China Grove Police deployed stop sticks near there, but Weldon did not hit them, Thompson said.

Salisbury Police requested stop sticks from Concord and Kannapolis police. The Highway Patrol also joined in the chase and Weldon began slowing down to 90 mph.

Law enforcement used more stop sticks around near Concord Mills Mall at exit 49 and it was also there that traffic came to a stop. Unable to keep driving, Weldon jumped from her white Kia and took off running.

A Salisbury Police officer chased Weldon and caught her behind Red Lobster, Thompson said.

Authorities said she initially fled from police because there are warrants for her arrest in other counties.

Police discovered the child, a 10-year-old boy was at a neighbor’s house on Lafayette Street and was fine.

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