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Law Enforcement Engaged in High-Speed Chase, Suspect Reaches 100 mph on US 421

By Jesse Wood

On Sunday night, an officer with the Boone Police Department attempted to pull over a vehicle for speeding and ended up in a high-speed chase, where the fleeing vehicle reached speeds up to 100 mph before disappearing across the Tennessee line.

At about 10 p.m., the officer tried to stop a grey or silver, mid-‘90s Chevy Impala for speeding on N.C. 105. The vehicle then turned onto the N.C 105 Bypass and made its way to U.S. 421.

“Once the vehicle was on 421 they reached speeds up 100 mph. In certain areas of 421 the pursued vehicle had passed a few cars on the double yellow line in Vilas near the Vilas car wash, but traffic was very minimal throughout the pursuit,” according to a log of the incident by a Watauga County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who assisted with the pursuit.

The Boone Police Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office discontinued the pursuit once the vehicle crossed into Tennessee. Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain City Police Department were notified but were unable to locate the vehicle.

The vehicle was described as having a fictitious Tennessee license plate and is a vehicle that the Boone Police Department has “dealt with” before in the Bradford Trailer Park area.

A K-9 did have a hit on the vehicle and deputies check several areas but weren’t able to locate the vehicle either.