• 63°

China Grove man charged following multicounty vehicle chase

Charged

Major Sentell Sampson

CHINA GROVE — A China Grove man remains in the Rowan County jail after a July 4 vehicle chase that led officers through multiple counties.

The initial call to authorities was to report a suspicious person, leading officers to attempt a vehicle stop.

Major Sentell Sampson, 36, of the 500 block of Westside Circle, was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

A chase ensued when Sampson did not stop about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to authorities. A China Grove police officer was in pursuit when a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputy followed behind on U.S. 29 north of China Grove. The chase turned onto a number of side roads and then onto Business U.S. 29 near East Ryder Avenue.

Sampson’s vehicle continued to the Speedway gas station at North Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis, authorities said. He drove behind the gas station and onto Chapel Stree,t then Walnut Street, Rose Avenue and back onto U.S. 29. The chase moved into Cabarrus County, crossed under the First Street bridge and onto South Harding Street, where Sampson’s vehicle crashed into another vehicle sitting at a stoplight.

According to the report, Sampson got out of his vehicle and tried to run on U.S. 29. He pulled on the door handle of a nearby vehicle, trying to get inside while at the stoplight. The police officer drew his gun, Sampson again ran but eventually stopped.

A Kannapolis police officer also assisted with the chase.

The chase lasted for about 9 miles, the report said.

Comments

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization

Nation/World

J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Nation/World

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Nation/World

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’

Nation/World

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Crime

Blotter: April 14

Elections

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

Crime

Salisbury woman arrested in Myrtle Beach for abducting child

Health

County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

High School

High school tennis: East beats Carson, still hopes to share NPC title

Elections

Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant

Kannapolis

Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles

Local

City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs