MOUNTHOLLY, N.C. -- A suspect in an assault led authorities in Mount Holly on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle early Wednesday morning, police say.

Mount Holly Police responded to an assault call at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store in the 400 block of Beatty Drive around 3:30 Wednesday morning. The victim told police they'd been struck several times in the head by the suspect.

As officers were speaking with the victim, the suspect vehicle drove by and was identified by the victim.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle, a 1988 Chevy S-10, but the driver fled down Margarette Avenue, through a field at Catawba Heights Elementary School where the vehicle struck a fence and continued onto Ida Street.

The suspect, now identified as 22-year-old Cody Masten, then headed northbound on I-85 before turning around and heading southbound at the Lowell exit. At this point, officers ceased following him, and the suspect vehicle was later found abandoned near exit 27.

Authorities say Masten fled the scene on foot.

The S-10 was found to have been reported stolen from Mount Holly.

Masten is charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, damage to property, careless and reckless driving and driving while license revoked.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police assisted Mt. Holly Police Thursday morning in arresting Masten; CMPD was already planning on serving Masten with warrants for unrelated crimes within their jurisdiction.

The damage to the fence at Catawba Heights Elementary School is about $2000, authorities say, while the S-10 sustained about $1000 in damages.

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