IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A two-hour long police stand-off involving a dump truck and driver ended peacefully in Iredell County Thursday night.
The driver, James Keith Call, is now facing numerous charges, including possession of a stolen vehicles, armed robbery, and numerous traffic violations.
Call surrended just before 8 p.m. He was seen walking out of the dump truck in hand-cuff surrounded by deputies.
"He was emotionally disturbed. Our negotiator was able to talk to him and during that two-hour time period able to talk him out of the truck, and he gave up peacefully," said Marty Byers with the Iredell County Sherriff Department.
Authorities say Call was cooperative with deputies and at no time threatened anyone.
Byers said the chase started when Call allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint at a produce stand in Statesville.
Officers en-route to that robbery spotted the dump truck on Hickory Highway, and the pursuit began.
The chase ended on South-Bound I-77 near Troutman, where police had deployed stop-sticks, puncturing his right front tire.
"I did speak to the owner, and said, he (Call) was an employee of the company. The owner had told me he had terminated him earlier today and came back and stole the dump truck," said Byers.
Call is no stranger to the law. He's had several run-ins with the department over the years.
"It's been 15-plus years ago, we had a car chase with him, and it ended very similarly they way this one ended today."
Call was sent to the hospital for a mental evaluation.