Man charged after high speed chase

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Kannapolis man took Rowan sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through the southern part of Rowan County early Wednesday.
Once caught, Christopher James Austin, 21, of the 900 block of Circle Drive, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, speeding, careless and reckless driving, failing to stop at a stop sign, no tag lights, no insurance, driving while license revoked and fictitious tag.
A deputy driving along South Main Street near the sheriff’s satellite office in Landis passed a car heading in the opposite direction without a light on his license plate. The officer turned and caught up to the driver, later identified as Austin, at Mount Moriah Church Road.
The gray Acura sped up, a report said, and ran a stop sign at Chapel Street and Eudy Road. The deputy continued to follow the car. The driver reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, said Capt. John Sifford.
Other officers joined in the pursuit including a Landis Police Department officer. The chase went into Kannapolis and the driver stopped at Old Beatty Ford Road. He was taken from the car and handcuffed.
He was issued a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released from the Rowan County jail.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.