Man leads Landis police on chase
At approximately 6:45 p.m.Tuesday, China Grove Police Officer B. Porter was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 29 near Bostian Road when his vehicle was nearly struck by the driver of a 1998 Saturn.
Officer Matthew Johnson, who has been an officer for less than a month, accompanied by his training officer, Sergeant Young, tried to stop the Saturn. The driver refused to stop and the led the officers from Landis into Kannapolis on U.S. 29, where Master Deputy O. Greene, of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, joined the chase.
During the chase, the driver was identified as Mark Dwayne Dancy, 50, of Kannapolis, who was wanted on an outstanding larceny warrant in South Carolina.
Dancy led the officers through Kannapolis onto Highway 3, and into Mooresville. Dancy struck stop sticks deployed by the Mooresville Police Department and came to a stop near the intersection of East Iredell Avenueand Statesville Avenue where he was taken into custody.
Dancy was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, careless andreckless driving, failure to stop for a traffic signal, and failure to burn headlights. Dancy was held in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.
The chase lasted for approximately 19 minutes and reached speeds of 100 mph. No injuries or vehicle collisions resulted from the incident. Officer Johnson joined the Landis Police Department on Oct. 1.
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