More charges for woman in high-speed chase

Barbara Weldon
Barbara Weldon

SALISBURY — Additional charges have been filed against the woman who led police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 85 Friday.

Barbara Rochel Weldon, 29, of Earnhardt Avenue in Salisbury, has been charged with resisting a public officer and driving while license revoked.


Weldon was arrested and charged Friday with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Her bond was set at $10,000, and she was still being held in the Rowan County Detention Center as of Sunday evening.

On Friday morning, an anonymous caller told police that a child had been left alone for a few days at a house on Earnhardt Avenue. The child, a 10-year-old boy, was later found to be OK at a neighbor’s home on Lafayette Street.

When a Salisbury police officer went out to the house, no one came to the door. Weldon returned home but kept driving when she saw police.

Police said Weldon got on the interstate in Salisbury and drove south at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour. She avoided stop sticks deployed by China Grove Police near the Webb Road exit but hit another set near Concord Mills Mall.

When traffic slowed to a stop near the Concord Mills exit, Weldon jumped from her white Kia and ran. A Salisbury police officer chased Weldon and caught her behind Red Lobster.

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

Weldon now has been served warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of speeding and driving while license revoked from January 2013; driving while licensed revoked and having a fictional or altered title, registration or tag from December 2012; and simple possession of marijuana from November 2012.

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