Pursuit ends with crash, drug & gun seizure, arrest

Pursuit ends with crash, drug & gun seizure, arrest

Credit: Alexander County Sheriff's Office

Jonathan Wayne Willis

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 6:13 PM

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. -- A Hickory man is behind bars on a laundry list of charges after crashing his car while fleeing from deputies, authorities say.

Tuesday around noon, Alexander County Sheriff's Sergeant Jon Hayes noticed a 2013 Hyundai Elantra driving recklessly on Wayside Church Road.

The sergeant initiated lights and sirens, but says the vehicle refused to stop, leading to a police pursuit out of Alexander County and into Catawba County.

Authorities say 29-year-old Jonathan Wayne Willis, of Hickory, crashed his car into two other vehicles at Highway 321 and Old Lenoir Road in Hickory.

Watch the RAW dashcam video by clicking on the player below.

Then, officials say, Willis attempted to flee on foot, but the sergeant and two civilian bystanders were able to apprehend Willis.

From inside Willis' vehicle, authorities say they seized a .9mm handgun, cocaine and pills.

Willis is charged with driving while license revoked, hit and run, DWI, flee or elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and trafficking in opium or heroin. He was booked in to the Alexander County Detention Center under an $88,500 bond.

The Sheriff's Office says more charges are pending.

Authorities say a second suspect fled the vehicle after the crash and was not apprehended.

The Alexander County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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