Pittsboro, NC — A third person wanted in a speeding chase Saturday in Chatham County is in custody after stealing a WRAL News car and hitting a State Highway Patrol car.
WRAL’s Keenan Willard said the man 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.
After about 5 minutes, the man collided with the car of a state soldier, and was taken into custody.
There were no casualties in the accident.
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 Lowry, 24, of Jacksonville, Florida, and a minor were taken into custody shortly after. 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.
Law enforcement continues to search for another suspect.
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. The officers 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 to do some work outside and let’s [the kids] Play outside, and today that hasn’t happened,” 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.
Angela Rosenberg said, “We have outbuildings. All these farms have outbuildings. You start to wonder, is there anyone in your outbuildings waiting to get dark? So, it’s upsetting.”
It is said that men holding weapons and wearing dark clothes should not be approached. If you see them you are told to call 911.
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.