Man charged with fleeing in stolen car tied to multiple break-ins

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 6, 2024

SALISBURY — A Burlington man has been charged after deputies said that he fled from a traffic stop in a stolen vehicle that has been tied to multiple break-ins.

The incident began at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Monday, when a deputy was running stationary radar on the northbound side of Interstate 85 and clocked a white Honda Civic at approximately 92 mph, said Captain Mark McDaniel, public information officer for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy then reportedly got behind the vehicle and followed it, running the license plate number and discovering that the vehicle had been reported as stolen out of Graham. The deputy also reportedly learned that the vehicle had been reported as being involved in multiple breaking-ins in various locations. While the deputy was behind the car, the Honda drastically slowed down to approximately 60 mph, said McDaniel. After reportedly confirming the stolen report with communications, the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle with lights and siren around the Webb Road exit.

The driver of the Honda then sped up, accelerating to approximately 130 mph while continuing north along the interstate, said McDaniel. The deputy reportedly pursued the vehicle to around the Old Union Church Road, where a Spencer Police Department officer reportedly set up stop sticks that the Honda ran over, popping one of the tires.

The Honda continued to drive at approximately 90 mph, eventually continuing into Davidson County before exiting onto Tributary Way before turning onto Seven Oaks Drive, said McDaniel. There, both the driver and passenger allegedly jumped out of the vehicle after they reached a dead-end. One deputy searched the Honda and found two juveniles, ages 12 and 13, sitting in the back seat with their hands up, said McDaniel. The deputy also reportedly found multiple driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, credit cards and gift cards belonging to various people.

Another deputy reportedly chased after the passenger, who had run into the nearby woods, and lost him due to the dense trees and swampy terrain.

A K-9 unit from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and a drone from the Landis Police Department were then utilized to search for the driver, who had jumped onto the interstate and fled across it on foot, said McDaniel. They reportedly successfully located the driver, identified as 18-year-old Victor Lamont Spivey, along the interstate.

Spivey was arrested and transported to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office, where he was charged with felony flee to elude, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, misdemeanor speeding and misdemeanor driving without an operator’s license.

Spivey was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center and given a $150,000 bond by Magistrate Mark Wilhelm.

The two juveniles were transported to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, where their parents were contacted and told to pick them up. They were released into the custody of their parents, said McDaniel.