Man accused of high-speed van chase arrested
Published 12:00 am Friday, April 6, 2012
By Nathan Hardin
SALISBURY — The driver of a van who authorities said fled from a traffic checkpoint earlier this week was arrested Friday.
Carl Myers, of Weaver Road, disappeared during a high-speed chase on Millbridge Road, officers said.
A Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy began chasing Myers after he saw him make an abrupt turnaround near a checkpoint at Brown and Millbridge roads, the report said.
Myers was driving his mother’s Nissan Quest van, authorities said, but reached speeds of more than 100 mph.
He turned onto Caldwell Road and then Sugar Maple Lane before driving through a plowed field.
When the pursuing deputy turned around to head him off, Myers stopped the van and vanished, the report said.
But he left plenty of help for authorities.
Deputies said when they searched the van they found Myers’ wallet and a photo ID. The van was also registered in his mother’s name.
The woman told officers she let her 28-year-old son drive her van, despite him not having a license.
She was charged on citation for allowing an unlicensed person to operator her vehicle.
Authorities obtained warrants for the man, and found him hiding at a friend’s house in China Grove, a sheriff’s deputy told the Post.
The Sheriff’s Office and China Grove Police Department had been hunting for him, showing his picture to residents in the area.
He was charged with felony fleeing to elude, speeding, driving while license revoked and reckless driving.
Myers, a Wilkes County native, has a history of run-ins with law enforcement in several counties.
He was released from prison last fall after being convicted of felony common law robbery.
At the time, authorities said Myers walked into Pop’s Country Store in Salisbury, threatened to shoot the clerk and stole a cash register.
Officers tracked him down in a patch of nearby woods. The register was found about 20 feet away.
Prior to being convicted last February, Myers had 16 convictions, five of which were felonies.
Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.