Four arrested in Chatham County after stealing WRAL News car to evade officers

Pittsboro, NC (WRAL) – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirmed that all four people involved in a speeding chase in Chatham County since Saturday have been taken into custody.

Caleb Sheffield, the last wanted person in the case, was taken into custody on Sunday morning.

A third man wanted in connection with a speeding chase in Chatham County on Saturday is also in custody after stealing a WRAL News car and hitting a State Highway Patrol car.

WRAL’s Keenan Willard said Marcus Brown came up to him and photographer Lucas Nelson offered him cash for a ride to the gas station after the 11 p.m. live shot.

When Willard and Nelson said they couldn’t give him a ride, he jumped in the car and drove onto US Highway 64.

A jawan of the State Highway Patrol witnessed the incident and ran after the man.

About 5 minutes later, Brown collided with a state soldier’s car, and was taken into custody.

There were no casualties in the accident. In the interest of the safety of our news staff, WRAL is not disclosing any further details about the car theft.

The search began on Saturday after a jawan engaged in a chase with another vehicle on Highway 64 on Saturday morning. The chase ended just before 8:30 a.m. on the highway about seven miles west of Pittsboro.

Officials said that four people fled leaving the vehicle behind.

Adrian Lowy, 24, of Jacksonville, Florida, and a minor were taken into custody on Saturday afternoon. Lowry was charged with possession of a stolen weapon and possession of a firearm by a criminal. Lowy and the minor remained at the Chatham County Detention Facility.

Brown, 19, was charged with escaping arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of weapons of mass destruction and motor vehicle theft.

Marcus Brown, left, and Adrian Lowy were arrested on Saturday in connection with a stalking…
Marcus Brown, left, and Adrian Lowy were arrested in connection with a chase in Chatham County on Saturday.(WRAL)

Sheffield, 19, was arrested on Sunday morning. Sheffield was charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction, possession of a stolen firearm, and of resisting, obstructing and delaying.

All three men arrested are from Jacksonville, Fla. Officials did not release any information about the teen.

A jawan spotted the driver of a vehicle moving at 94 mph in a 65 mph zone, bringing traffic to a halt. The driver did not pull forward and eventually turned around in the middle of the highway.

A large number of officers were on the spot on the highway near Hillside Dairy Road on Saturday afternoon. The vehicle involved appears to be a black Hyundai sedan with the FL tag. The focus of the search was around a wooded area beside the highway.

Troopers said several guns were found during the investigation, and that action would be taken with the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

An inverted 911 message was distributed to local residents, asking them to lock their doors and stay inside while local law enforcement agencies searched for the men. Officials were also using helicopters to search the area.

David Smith, who lives in the area, said he “sees more police here than ever before.”

Smith said he immediately called his wife, while she was having breakfast, after a call from 911 asked her to return home.

“We were hoping that some things would work out and let’s [the kids] Play outside, and that hasn’t happened today,” Smith said.

On Saturday night, Marty and Angela Rosenberg said the search operation came as a shock to people living in quieter areas of the country.

“We expect a cow to be loose, but that’s all,” said Marty Rosenberg.

Now, Rosenberg plans to close his doors and leave the guard dogs outside overnight.

The couple said their biggest concern is not knowing how close to home the search might actually be.

“We have outbuildings. All these farms have outbuildings. You start to wonder, is there anyone in your building waiting to get dark? So, it’s unnecessary,” said Angela Rosenberg.

The NCSHP is investigating with members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Carrborough Police Department.

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