South Carolina man charged with taking authorities on high speed chase in stolen car

Published 6:28 pm Sunday, February 19, 2017

A South Carolina man was charged Sunday morning after taking police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 85, China Grove Police officials said.

An officer attempted to stop a Honda Civic for speeding in a work zone just before 8 a.m., but the driver continued traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph. It was reported that the driver reached speeds of at least 115 mph. The N.C. Highway Patrol took over the pursuit near Salisbury and the chase ended shortly after near mile marker 81, or the exit to Spencer.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, who was identified as Robert Lee Pease, 40, of Simpsonville, hit a patrol vehicle, lost control of Honda, bringing the chase to a close.

Pease was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle and speeding in a work zone. China Grove authorities say additional charges may be pending.

Police officials said a passenger, Brittany Michelle Owens, 29, of Grave Court, S.C. was charged on outstanding warrants based out of South Carolina. Pease was treated for a reported back injury at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center where he was treated and released.

China Grove Police officials said no officers were injured during the pursuit.

— Shavonne Walker