Suspect who died in wreck identified

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 9, 2012

CHINA GROVE — A Concord man has been identified as the victim of a chase involving law enforcement on Saturday that ended in his death on Millbridge Road.
Ricky D. Bradley, 50, of 1308 Creekside Drive, was identified using his fingerprints, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.
Rowan Sheriff’s Office detectives linked Bradley to several crimes in Rowan County and began attempting to locate him on Thursday, a statement said.
Investigators also suspected Bradley was involved in crimes in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Iredell counties.
Bradley was named as a suspect in numerous cases in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg County and investigators made several unsuccessful attempts to locate Bradley in the Concord area.
Bradley was released from prison in August 2011 and later listed as an absconder by Cabarrus County probation and parole.
Bradley was driving Saturday in a dark colored Chevy Avalanche, which had been identified by Rowan County Sheriff’s Office detectives as being involved in several outbuilding break-ins around the southern area of Rowan County.
Detectives discovered the vehicle was displaying a stolen license plate that had been taken from a vehicle off Saw Road in China Grove. Sheriff’s detectives issued a bulletin for the vehicle, which was spotted on U.S. 29 near China Grove on Saturday.
China Grove Police located the vehicle and the driver took off west on N.C. 152, turned onto Millbridge Road, then drove into a field where the driver lost control and flipped the vehicle.
The man driving the Chevy Avalanche was killed when his body was thrown from the vehicle.
The man didn’t have any identification, but finger prints were obtained. The Chevy Avalanche was reported stolen from Iredell County on Christmas Eve.
Bradley was most recently operating a stolen blue Chevy Avalanche, but has been also linked to a green Ford Taurus and White Ford F-150 truck.
Investigators ask anyone with further information to contact Sgt. Jason Owens at 704-216-8683 or Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687.