BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – Three people were arrested after they led deputies on a high-speed chase in Burke County Monday morning.

According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving a vacant house in the 2100 block of Shady Grove Road around 9:30 a.m. When deputies spotted the vehicle, they initiated a traffic stop, but police said the driver refused to stop.

The driver of the suspect vehicle traveled east on Highway 70 at speeds of over 100 mph before turning into a driveway and crashing to a house on Highway 70 near Berry Road. Two passengers, identified as James Peters and Brandy McDaniel, were arrested and charged with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle.

James Peters
Brandy Leigh McDaniel

The driver of the stolen vehicle, identified as Austin Michael Neece, 21, jumped and ran into a wooded area, police said. After notifying the public of the suspect being on the run, deputies received a tip around 1 p.m. of a man fitting the description provided by police. Neece was spotted in a wooded area before he was apprehended underneath a mobile home on Teague Avenue. Burke County authorities charged Neece with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle and feloniously fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle. Highway Patrol charged Neece with hit-and-run and leaving the scene with property damage, reckless driving, and driving while having a revoked license.