Concord man faces numerous charges after weekend vehicle chase

Published 2:08 pm Monday, August 6, 2018

By Shavonne Walker

A Concord man faces numerous charges after taking authorities on a weekend vehicle chase while driving a car reported stolen in Mooresville.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Lorenzo Devonte Gray, 25, of the 6700 block of Kluttz Road, with misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer; failure to stop for a siren; felony fleeing to elude arrest; driving while license revoked; reckless driving; speeding; and displaying an expired registration plate.

Authorities said that just before 10 a.m. Saturday, an officer noticed a Honda make an unnecessarily wide turn near Briggs Road. Sgt. Justin Nelson said the driver seemed nervous and was constantly checking his rearview mirror. The vehicle had a revoked license plate, and a law enforcement database showed it had no insurance.

The driver turned onto Sherrills Ford Road and failed to stop for the officer, who had turned on his siren. The driver passed multiple cars in a no-passing zone and nearly crashed not far from Trinity Church on Mooresville Road, then ran off the road and got back on it.

Gray struck another vehicle, whose driver tried to pull onto the side of the road. Officers put out stop sticks at Airport and Mooresville roads. A report said both front tires were blown, but Gray continued to drive as the vehicle began moving side to side.

Officers noted that the tread was coming off the tires, but Gray continued onto Goodnight Road near Sloan Road in Mount Ulla. The vehicle ran off the road into a ditch and came returned to the road. The vehicle crashed through barricades in a Mooresville Road construction area, then hit an embankment.

Authorities said Gray ran from the vehicle on foot and was apprehended in a wooded area by Detective Kyle Youngo. Rowan deputies and a Salisbury police officer secured the car while other officers pursued gray. N.C. Highway Patrol troopers responded to investigate the collision.

The Mooresville Police Department was asked to contact the owner of the vehicle.

A report said Gray used a screwdriver to start the stolen car.

He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.