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Chase on I-85 ends in crash

By Shavonne Potts
Salisbury Post
Multiple law enforcement agencies chased a car with four men suspected of a breaking and entering in Lexington down Interstate 85 Saturday before a crash sent three people to the hospital.
Lexington Police initiated the chase at 7:53 p.m.
“They saw a car that looked suspicious and tried to stop it,” said Salisbury Police Sgt. John Lanier.
Salisbury Police assisted Lexington officers by deploying stop sticks at Innes Street and Jake Alexander Boulevard exchanges with I-85.
Salisbury Police Detective Todd Sides was almost struck while putting out the stop sticks, Lanier said. Sides was not injured, he said.
Lanier said the suspects, driving a gold 2001 Ford Taurus, reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Salisbury Police officers tried to catch up to the suspects, but weren’t successful, Lanier said.
The suspects struck at least one other vehicle, possibly two, and the chase ended in a collision about a mile north of the Lane Street exit near Kannapolis.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which happened at 8:07 p.m.
Two of the four men were arrested at the scene by Lexington Police officers, while the other two complained of injuries and were taken by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast.
“There were no signs of physical injuries,” he said.
But if someone requests to be taken to the hospital, authorities must comply.
A motorist involved in the wreck also was taken to NorthEast by ambulance.
Names and charges were not available late Saturday night.
In addition to Lexington and Salisbury Police departments, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Rowan County EMS, Bostian Heights Fire Department and China Grove Police assisted.
Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253 or spotts@salisburypost.com.

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